United are set to officially unveil their new boss later today after he was pictured getting straight to work, taking his first training session at Carrington yesterday.
Considering the pressure and magnitude of the job he’s just taken on, the Mail has offered a potential insight into how he’ll lead the club based around five key points; arrogance, preparation, his relationship with staff, his position as the boss and his experiences from Spain.
In terms of arrogance, LvG has enough to rival Jose Mourinho in the Premier League.
He needs to have a little bit of it because of the club he’s now in charge of and also because it creates knock on effects to the staff around him and the players now at his disposal, as he looks to breed a positive mentality.
Preparation is everything for any top flight and side and where LvG has an advantage domestically is through United not being in the Champions League.
That gives him extra time to work on Premier League and domestic cup games to ensure United are as prepared as they possibly can be for the challenges which face them.
It’s important for LvG to work well with his staff because if those relationships break down, it makes his position untenable.
He can’t be everywhere at the club all the time so he needs to be able to trust his staff to take care of key matters and coach players well as he focuses on the first team.
Interesting, the Mail has revealed van Gaal as saying he almost always takes the advice of those working with him and for his team. Therefore, Ryan Giggs could have a huge role to play because there are few players who know Manchester United more effectively.
Finally, his experiences in Spain give him a solid level of experience to take into this job. He was successful domestically in Spain and progression back towards the top of the Premier League will be United’s priority this season.