Is Louis Van Gaal Already a Hit?

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

Louis van Gaal has made a lot of changes since taking on the difficult task of returning Manchester United to their former glory. Now they’ve won their first game this season, is it too soon to make a decision on the Dutchman?

Louis van Gaal is proving popular, that’s for sure. He might only have secured one win for the side but the former Netherlands boss seems to be saying and doing all of the right things.

United’s Angel di Maria has admitted today that the main reason he joined the team was for the chance to work with Van Gaal. The midfielder left Real Madrid last month for a record fee of £59.7 million and scored in his home debut 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.

Now the Argentinian has acknowledged that Van Gaal, who has also coached Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, was a huge factor in his decision to move to Old Trafford.

“Van Gaal was really important for me in order to come here,” he said. “[He] was one of the first [people] who spoke about bringing me here. The coach always has the last word about the players he wants. I am really grateful to him because, thanks [to] him, I am now playing for United.

“I keep trying to improve every day and for that reason I wanted to come here to United. I needed to change my life. I will try my best to play the right way. I will try my best every match and show my arrival at Old Trafford was worthy.”

As well as Di Maria, Van Gaal has spent nearly £150 million on new players this season, including Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo. The team looks impressive on paper are they are expecting to build on their first win of the season when they face Leicester City on Sunday.

Arjen Robben has also come out in support of the United boss this week, having worked under Van Gaal at both Bayern Munich and for the Netherlands national side.

Robben is backing his former boss to return Manchester United to the Champions League, commenting this week, “I haven’t spoken to him recently, but I was very happy for him that he won the game against QPR. Hopefully now he can show that he will do very well, but he needs time.

“I know how it works – if you are not winning, you get the pressure but the management at United know what sort of coach they have got and I am very confident he will be successful there.”

Robben continued to sing Van Gaal’s praises, noting “he is one of the few coaches who can make teams play better. He makes players better. United have some young, talented players and I have no doubts that he will do well at Old Trafford. He will get United back into the Champions League next season. They are such a big club and that is where they belong.”