Friday 19 January 2018

'Manchester United must trust LVG philosophy'

De Boer says fellow Dutchman will be success at United

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, pictured here with defender Chris Smalling after the recent Champions League win over Wolfsburg
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, pictured here with defender Chris Smalling after the recent Champions League win over Wolfsburg
Ajax manager Frank de Boer has backed Louis van Gaal to be a success at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal has been backed for success at Manchester United by a manager who played under the Reds boss.

Frank De Boer experienced life with Van Gaal for both Barcelona and the Dutch national team, and has gone on to enjoy his own achievements in the dugout.

The 45-year-old has been in charge of Ajax since 2010 and was mentioned recently in regard to the Liverpool vacancy.

For De Boer, his more experienced countryman will do well if he is given enough time.

"I think he is managing very well, always protecting his players and wanting them to always give 100 per cent," he said.

"If they do that I think he is one of the best trainers in the world. I think he also learned a lot in the last couple of years about what he has to do if he is in a foreign country.

"He will get what he wants if he gets time and everybody believes his philosophy."

Despite his overall backing, De Boer singled out Van Gaal's handling of the media as one area in which the two coaches differ.

Throughout his management career the United boss has never been shy to take issue with the way reporters have asked him questions or used his words.


While De Boer does not take the media to task nearly as much as Van Gaal, he does see the entertainment in it.

"That is not my cup of tea how he always tries to fight with the press," the Ajax boss said.

"I think sometimes you have to let it rest and don't make an issue about it.

"But he doesn't like if somebody isn't fair against him and he will try to attack them with words if they are not honest.

"For me I'm only concerned about is the first-team players and everything that is around - yeah, I read things - but the only thing that I can do is train with my team and I don't have influence on what people outside are saying.

"So sometimes I think 'let it rest'. He always goes into it but that does give entertainment to the press and that's nice."

Meanwhile, former United striker Andy Cole hopes his fellow United number 9 Anthony Martial can continue to thrill the supporters with his outstanding form.

The Frenchman joined from Monaco on deadline day and enjoyed a dream debut when coming off the bench to score against Liverpool in front of the Stretford End.

Since then, he has also bagged a brace at Southampton and found the net against Ipswich Town in the League Cup.

The 19-year-old further enhanced his reputation with a splendid first full appearance for France in midweek as Les Bleus defeated Denmark in Copenhagen.

Cole has been impressed by Martial's seamless introduction to life in Manchester.

"I like him," the ex-England international said. "I do like him. I've got to be honest, I didn't know a lot about him before he came to United. I watched him play against Arsenal last season but the way he has come in, he's made a great impression.

"He's got good feet and great pace. In the modern game, it's important to have great pace and he's got that in abundance. He looks a great player and has got off to a great start. It looks like he's got the right temperament as well.

"He uses his body very well. He only looks like a slight chap but he gets hold of the ball, he's got good feet and he is prepared to run at people and take them on. He got his debut goal and we know he's got quality there. Long may it continue for the boy."

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