Louis van Gaal has been a massively influential manager over the past 30 years. From his humble beginnings as an assistant with AZ Alkmaar, the Dutchman has gone on to become one of the managerial powerhouses.
League titles, domestic cups, European cups, individual awards, team awards and more. You name it, Van Gaal has won it in the countries he has managed in.
Yet, what is even more impressive than all of the accolades Van Gaal has in his trophy cabinet is the direct influence he has had as a manager in the make-up of today.
From Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to Ronald Koeman and Frank de Boer, so many players and coaches who have worked with Van Gaal in some capacity have gone on to become some of the best managers in their respective leagues.
It’s precisely that rich history of success accumulated over nearly three decades which fills Manchester United fans with such hope that he can be the man to repair the clubs fortunes to get them competing for silverware again.