Ronald de Boer has hailed new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal as a genius after the Netherlands reached the semi-finals of the World Cup under his guidance, and has backed him to be a success at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal made a substitution late into extra time to bring on goalkeeper Tim Krul for their penalty shoot-out with Costa Rica, and with Krul making two saves from the spot, the decision was vindicated.
De Boer also believes that kind of management is just what will be required to reinvigorate Manchester United after a poor campaign last term.
He told TalkSport: “Van Gaal is the best coach I ever worked with. He is the best chance for a team to have success.
“Nobody really believed in this [Netherlands] team, but I said, 'if one man can change this team, it is Louis van Gaal'. It is the same for Manchester United.
"Sometimes you need a bit of luck, of course, like we have had in this tournament and it will be the same at Manchester United.
“In the long term you will have success with him, but do you have the patience? He could win the Premier League title, or maybe the Champions League, but it is not really realistic, of course.”
The 62-year-old seems to have been a popular appointment before a ball has even been kicked as the Dutchman will look to return United to the Champions League and challenge for the Premier League title in his first season in charge at Old Trafford.
Many thought prior to the tournament that the Netherlands would have a big job on their hands getting out of the group stages but they currently sit 90 minutes away from a World Cup final. They take on Argentina on Wednesday.
Much has been said about van Gaal's pedigree having won titles in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany - and his man management. The Netherlands side seems to have a terrific team spirit at present that is helping them defy the odds and has allowed them to reach this stage of the competition.
Van Gaal will be hoping to create something similar at Manchester United in order to prove that last season was a blip for the club and that they are still a force to be reckoned with.