Could Van Gaal already have his 'Arjen Robben' at Manchester United?

Nani and Lahm Portugal Germany

Rather than go out and spend a huge amount of money on a star forward for next season. Could van Gaal already have a player he could utilise.

Manchester United fans will be watching this World Cup very closely, no more so than when Netherlands play their remaining group matches in Brazil. With Louis van Gaal in charge of the Oranje, fans will be looking for glimpses towards how they might play next season.

They will also be keeping tabs on the many United players turning out for various countries across the tournament. On Sunday night, one of those players was Portuguese winger Nani, who opened the scoring as his country drew 2-2 with the United States.

Although Portugal had to rely on some last minute heroics from former United player Cristiano Ronaldo to scrap a draw, there were moments that suggested that if van Gaal isn’t able to bring in as many star names as he would hope, there could be a future for the midfield speedster at Old Trafford.

Inspiration should come from the career of Arjen Robben. The 30-year-old winger seems to have improved with age, when he should be slowing down, he just looks to become faster and faster. Players with pace will always cause defenders problems, and Robben showed on against both Spain and Australia just how much trouble his pace can cause teams when they leave space in between.

The acceleration and top speed he showed to get past Sergio Ramos was outstanding, then his solo run that put Netherlands 1-0 up was a classic example of his drive and determination, and there is no doubt that Nani could play that position with his blistering leg speed.

Instead of playing the Portuguese winger out on the touchline, you allow him the freedom to come in centrally, like the role that Robben plays under van Gaal, and you let his pace light up the attack.

Where Nani lets you down is with his decision making and his consistency, but that was the same criticism thrown at Robben at the end of his Chelsea spell and into his time at Real Madrid.

If there is one coach that could man-manage the best out of Nani, it is van Gaal. On the left he is too predictable, cutting inside onto his right foot and having a shot. Again, something that Robben has made a career out of, but he has made it his trademark because it works so well.

Rather than toss Nani on to the football scrapheap, van Gaal should take him under his wing and see if he can mould him into a star like his countryman.

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