Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta: Louis van Gaal is imposing

Andres Iniesta Spain

Manchester United's incoming manager Louis van Gaal is appraised by one of his former students at Camp Nou.

Regardless of whether you're veteran striker Robin van Persie, 30, or superstar-in-the-making Adnan Januzaj, 19, both players will share the same respect for incoming manager Louis van Gaal, hints legendary Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.

"He already commands respect when you are a veteran, so imagine when you have just entered the team and you are young," said Iniesta when commenting on the Dutchman who is currently plotting a route to the FIFA World Cup semifinal as the Netherlands are tasked with a potential banana-skin of a quarterfinal tie versus giant-killers Costa Rica.

Iniesta will have first met van Gaal as a pubescent teenager playing for one of the various teams in Barcelona's youth structure during the tactician's three year spell at Camp Nou between 1997 and 2000, and then again when Iniesta was 18 in van Gaal's second stint.

"I have a special memory of him, because he is someone very important to me and if there was something he cared about was supporting the young players from the reserves," the Spaniard said.

Van Gaal will join United full-time once his involvement with the Dutch at the World Cup is concluded.

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