Ex-Man Utd goalkeeper backs compatriot van Gaal for success

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Raimond van der Gouw has backed his fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal to succeed at Old Trafford.

Van der Gouw, currently goalkeeping coach at Vitesse Arnhem in his native Netherlands, joined United from the Eredivisie side for £500,000 back in 1996, and went on to stay with the Red Devils until 2002, making just 37 appearances as a backup shot stopper.

However, van der Gouw still takes a keen interest in his former side, and is obviously seen as a source of knowledge on new United boss Louis van Gaal, who replaced David Moyes as United boss after guiding the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

And van der Gouw, now 51, says that he has every faith in van Gaal, backing the 62-year-old to take United back to the summit of the Premier League - even comparing him to his former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I think Louis van Gaal is proud to be the manager of Manchester United. I know him a little bit and I think he is at the right place and will do a very good job," said van der Gouw. "The World Cup was very important for him and he showed the whole world he was a great manager and that is something you need at the top.

"If you look at Alex Ferguson, he was never afraid to make an unpopular decision and van Gaal knows what he wants. He has his own vision and can project it on the players and get the best out of them and that's what you need if you want to work at the top.

"He does have a lot of experience in Europe with Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Ajax and also the Dutch national team, so what else can you want other than a manager who has this kind of experience? I expect he will do a really good job at United. There are so many good teams in the Premier League. It is so competitive but I do believe van Gaal wil bring United back to the top."

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