Former Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar believes Louis van Gaal is still the man to lead the club forward.
Van der Sar and van Gaal won the Champions League together at Ajax in 1995 during the former goalkeeper’s early career.
Jose Mourinho has been repeatedly linked with a move to Man United but van Gaal, often criticised this term, has restored some optimism back at Old Trafford following four consecutive wins. Van der Sar believes van Gaal is the best coach he ever worked with.
“They are too far away from the top but they still have two opportunities for trophies,” van der Sar said.
“In his first year at Ajax in 1992 our team was not playing that great. But that year we won the UEFA Cup and finished fourth in the league. There is still an opportunity for United to win the Europa League and they’re still in the FA Cup. The Champions League places may be difficult but it’s still possible. So it’s not done yet.
“It’s pleasing too to see that he plays young players. That’s something where United, and Ajax, it’s important for the philosophy of the club to sustain. For myself he’s the best coach I ever had. The way he does technical stuff, how he trained us, as young players, we learned the trade of being football players, we all listened to him.
“He was very demanding, but we had success so then it doesn’t matter how many times the coach wants to train.”
Van Gaal has received plenty of criticism this term, and rightly so, but in recent weeks he has brought through a number of young players and secured some excellent results.
The jury is still very much out on whether or not he is the right man for United, but there is no doubting that he has made his mark at Old Trafford.