Netherlands icon Patrick Kluivert isn’t surprised that Louis van Gaal is starting to turn things around at Manchester United, and believes the club even have the resources now to mount a title challenge.
Having played under Van Gaal at Ajax, Barcelona and the national team during his career, the 38-year-old would go on to be named part of the Dutchman’s backroom staff with the Oranje in 2012, before helping the team achieve a commendable third-place finish at the World Cup in Brazil.
Despite rumours, Kluivert didn’t follow his former manager to Old Trafford but, after seeing the club climb to fourth in the Premier League table in recent weeks with the help of their £150 million-worth of signings, the ex-Newcastle United striker thinks silverware this season isn’t out of the question.
‘He [Van Gaal] came a little bit later from the World Cup and going directly to a new club, with new personnel, new players, it needs time,’ he told ESPN FC. ‘The last two results were positive and if you have positive results it flows back on the team.
‘I think that's the most important thing. So I think the people don't have to be scared that Manchester United is not going to do well. City and Chelsea and a few more [teams] have a good squad. They're doing very good at the moment but there's still a long way to go.
‘But sure [they] can be a contender to be the champions. It will be very difficult but it's possible.’
Boasting managerial ambitions of his own, Kluivert has been linked to various vacant posts in England since leaving the Dutch setup, and added on his goals: ‘My ambition now is to be a head coach somewhere, or be an assistant for a big coach. We will see what happens.’