After leading the Netherlands to third place in the 2014 World Cup, van Gaal moved to Old Trafford in an attempt to restore United to their former glories, and Daley Blind has praised his coaching style to Wasserman.
He signed a host of players to aid him on his task, including Dutch national - and key man under his tutelage - Blind, who signed from Eredivise champions Ajax.
The 24-year-old versatile player has been impressive since arriving at Old Trafford. Although United have stuttered this season and have failed to find much consistency, Blind has featured regularly when fit, and his absence in the side through injury made the Red Devils much weaker. Although playing mostly in the centre of midfield, Blind has also filled in at central defence and left-back, and his 10 Premier League appearances have seen him show off his ability to fill in wherever needed for the good of the team.
However, success has not been easily coming for United this term, and they sit fourth place in the top flight table. They were knocked out of the League Cup in its infancy, and the Manchester-based side must also host a replay with League 2 Cambridge United, who held them 0-0 in their FA Cup fourth round tie.
Head coach van Gaal has evaded a fair amount of criticism even though the situation is remarkably similar to that when David Moyes was in charge, and, although that is a simplification, with massive improvements shown both on and off the field of play, the Dutch coach is clearly not playing to his team’s strengths, and many want to see him change his ways to ease the Red Devils path to victory.
What is obvious from the style of play on show, however, is that van Gaal has the full trust of his players, who will do whatever he says regardless of the outcome. Whilst some players may rebel against a manager when the situation is negative, the 63-year-old is firmly entrenched at the top of the chain of command, and Blind has highlighted how that is a good system for all members of the team.
Speaking to Wasserman, Blind said: “I like it when a coach is sitting on top - that creates clarity. The players always know where they stand with van Gaal. And there is nothing wrong with that.”