Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted he knew he wanted to be a manager from an early age.
Van Gaal played for the likes of Sparta Rotterdam and AZ Alkmaar before managing clubs such as Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich.
The Dutchman has won a number of trophies during his managerial career and he is hoping to repeat his success at Man United.
Van Gaal revealed he was “crazy” about sport ever since he was a young boy.
“I was a boy that was crazy for sport, crazy for football. I did all the sports that I could do. I wanted to study sports and that’s why I chose sport at the Academy of Physical Education. Already, when I was a boy, I knew I wanted to be a trainer-coach,” van Gaal said.
“I lived near the Ajax training ground and I watched the training sessions. All my friends were looking to the players and I was looking to the coach. It was a big difference.”
Van Gaal has developed a reputation as a coach who is meticulous when it comes to setting up his teams. His authoritative style has irked some players at Old Trafford, such as Angel di Maria, but he is undoubtedly steering the team in the right direction and setting them up well for the future.