Marcus van Bommel has spoken of the environment that Louis van Gaal works in and how difficult it was to adjust to his style of management at Bayern Munich.
Ex-midfielder Van Bommel worked under Van Gaal at the German club and the pair departed Bayern following the 2011 season after a successful time.
The Dutch duo also worked together with the national side during Van Gaal’s first spell as the manager of the Netherlands. He even handed Van Bommel his senior debut in a 4-0 win over Cyprus in 2000.
Van Bommel has spoken of the cultural change when Van Gaal takes over from Jurgen Klinsmann and his single-mindedness when it comes to his style of play.
“2009 was Louis’s first year at Bayern,” he said.
“It was a successful year. We won the Bundesliga, the cup and were in the final of the Champions League.
“But it was a big change for the club. We had had Jurgen Klinsmann in charge and then Van Gaal came and it was totally different.
“He wanted to change the whole club. It was a change of culture from the German to the Dutch. It was totally different and we had slight problems in the beginning but everything settled down then in October we were winning.
“In Germany we had the same problems as United. It is a total 100 per cent change. Given the time he has good ideas how to play on the pitch. But he is not easy to work with.
“On the pitch he is good but outside it was a little bit difficult. Maybe that is the life of a coach because sometimes you have to make decisions that are not so nice. He has a way and he goes straight. He has a way and it is his way. He wanted to go straight. He doesn’t want to go right or to go left, only straight. Everybody knows what he wants.”
There was commotion regarding the Van Gaal’s position in the early stages of last season but once the players got a sense of what Van Gaal wanted, performances certainly improved and it’s a pattern which has repeated itself at previous clubs.
When replacing David Moyes, United needed a manager who could handle all the pressures that came with the job and steady the ship which is exactly what Van Gaal did last season.
He might clash with people along the way but Van Gaal’s determined and one-track minded approach has brought him great success at other clubs. Now, he’s trying to replicate that at Old Trafford and fans are fully on board with him for the journey ahead.