Manchester United target Van Gaal backed for Premier League job

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Potential Manchester United and Tottenham manager target Louis van Gaal has received the backing of one of his compatriots to succeed in the Premier League.

Van Gaal - who is due to step down from his role as manager of the Netherlands national team following the World Cup in Brazil this summer - has been linked with possible roles at Old Trafford and also White Hart Lane in recent weeks, and former player Ronald de Boer believes the 62-year-old has what it takes to succeed on these shores.

"‘He is one of the best coaches in the world and can really prepare a team," said the Ajax youth coach - who played under Van Gaal during his stints with the Eredivisie champions and also in Spain with Barcelona - in an interview that was quoted by The Metro.

"He can find weakness in any opponent and present them with solid opposition as he analyses the game really well. He has so much quality he would be successful in England, especially if he is given time to set out his team."

Evidently a keen admirer of his former boss, De Boer also praised Van Gaal's eye for producing young talent - an ability that you imagine would make him an attractive prospect to Manchester United if indeed they were to dispense of the services of struggling David Moyes.

"At Bayern he won the Bundesliga and got to the final of the Champions League with young players like Thomas Muller, Holger Badstuber and others. No one had heard of them but now everyone is talking about them. He has an eye for talent."

Although Moyes - who succeeded the iconic figure of Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford dugout during the summer - appears to retain the backing of the club's board, he quickly appears to be losing the support of fans after again seeing Manchester United slip to a humiliating defeat at the hands of local rivals Manchester City on Tuesday night.

If the powers-that-be at Manchester United do indeed decide to stick with Moyes as a long-term option, you have to think that Tottenham could be a far more realistic prospect for Van Gaal.

In what has been a difficult season for Tottenham, they parted company with Andre Villas-Boas after a heavy defeat to Liverpool at White Hart Lane in December.

And is successor - former Tottenham midfielder Tim Sherwood - has done little to convince fans that he has what it takes to succeed the Portuguese on a long-term basis beyond the end of his 18-month deal.

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