Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: How Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal and Netherlands’ Guus Hiddink are different

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Former Leeds United and Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has given his take on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink.

Former Netherlands international striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been explaining the difference between Louis van Gaal and Guus Hiddink.

Van Gaal was in charge of the Oranje between 2012 and 2014, and left his position at the end of the 2014 World Cup to become the new manager of Manchester United.

Fellow Dutchman Hiddink has been appointed as the new coach of the Netherlands national team, and Hasselbaink has given his opinion on how the two managers are different.

‘Van Gaal is the teacher’, the former Leeds United and Chelsea striker told Sky Sports. ‘He stands there. You feel his aura.

'Hiddink is more around the players. He wants to be more involved with the players. He gives more leeway to the players. With Hiddink it is more relaxed; with Van Gaal it is always tensed. Van Gaal is more of a boss, he is on top of you’.

Hasselbaink has worked with both Van Gaal and Hiddink so he would know, but at the moment it is the former who is having more success.

Van Gaal’s United are currently fourth in the Premier League table with 11 points from seven matches, while the Netherlands have made a rather unconvincing start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

The Oranje lost their opening Group A match 2-1 to the Czech Republic in Prague last month and had to come from behind to get the better of Kazakhstan 3-1 in Amsterdam on Friday.

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