Nigel de Jong praises Louis van Gaal - will he join him at Man United?

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Manchester United manager is doing a good job with the Netherlands at the World Cup tournament, prompting praise from one Dutch midfielder.

"He is just one of a kind, in his way of working and especially the tactical discipline he has for the team," said midfielder Nigel de Jong, currently on World Cup duty with the Netherlands when speaking about Oranje boss Louis van Gaal.

The 62-year-old, a serial trophy magnet with some of Europe's biggest clubs, has made stars out of some young Dutch players like Memphis Depay and Stephan de Vrij while continuing the international development of Daley Blind.

His substitution of goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen late into stoppage time, in favour of Tim Krul, paid dividends on the penalty shoot-out as Holland edged Costa Rica with van Gaal attracting more commendation for his strategic acumen.

"You’ve seen his resume," continued de Jong, as quoted by Sky Sports. "He is a fantastic coach and, over the years, he has built a lot of experience in these situations.

"That reflects also on the group because if he is calm, and if somebody from the group makes the right decisions, you can take it forward easily. He is one of the first I have experienced that does tactical changes in games like he does. For me, it is a new experience.

“Everybody who knows him knows he does a lot of tactical changes depending on the match and how it progresses, so he did that well.”

De Jong was recently the subject of a HITC: Sport data study where his statistical contributions of recent years were compared to other defensive minded midfielders in the Premier League - Nemanja Matic, Lucas Leiva and Mathieu Flamini - and the Dutchman came out favourably. Is there still time for United to bring the player to Old Trafford?

The player was linked with a move last month but since then interest has seemingly cooled.

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