Just in case Manchester United fans weren’t excited about Louis van Gaal, he has gone and demolished Spain 5-1.
Bear in mind that Spain had won 61 out of their last 64 competitive matches and that scoreline becomes even more impressive but it wasn’t simply the goals Holland scored, it was the manner in which the whole game panned out.
Spain got the breakthrough with a (dodgy) penalty but it didn’t affect Holland at all and through Robin van Persie‘s unbelievable header, they were right back in it.
From that point on, it was one way traffic. Spain, for so many years the hunter, became the hunted, camped back in their own territory with nowhere to go, and Holland mauled them.
The most exciting part about everything was the simple philosophy that the performance was built on – attack.
Even four goals ahead with one minute left on the clock, Van Gaal encouraged Holland to attack.
There was no sitting back to protect their lead, something which most teams would have done against Spain. Van Gaal saw the juggular and went for it. He never had any intention of letting Holland take their foot off the pedal and because of it, the game could genuinely have finished 8-1 if Holland took their chances.
It was a brilliant showcase of attacking prowess and all done using a very new 5-3-2 system that Van Gaal only brought in because of the World Cup. Tactically, it was spot on. Everything ran like clockwork.
Individual games can’t be taken as a sign of things to come but that game last night was a modern classic, a game that will rightly be remembered for years, because of just how devastating Holland were against the best in the world. That’s enough to get any United fan bouncing off the ceiling.