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Van Gaal would be perfect fit for Manchester United

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Louis Van Gaal marched into the press room at the Allianz Arena in 2009 and delivered the perfect description of himself. 

The Dutchman was unnerved by the responsibility of managing Bayern Munich, such an illustrious and famous club. "I am who I am" he said. "Confident, arrogant, dominant, honest, hard-working and innovative."

Bayern's former president Uli Hoeness, convicted of tax evasion, said of Van Gaal: "He is a super, super coach but his only problem is that he thinks he is above God".

How Manchester United could do with such charisma, ego and arrogance now.

David Moyes, dismissed on Tuesday, looked incredibly out of his depth, his disastrous tenure at Old Trafford resulting in the decline of the historic club. Yet, what United supporters and the Glazer family must take into account is the reversibility of the humiliating demise. £200million to spend in the summer to conduct an overhaul of personnel will not cure United's numerous shortcomings. A self-absorbed Van Gaal will.

As United surrendered meekly to Everton on Sunday, officially excluding them from participation in next season's Champions League, Moyes's relinquishment of dressing-room backing was obvious. The Scot flapped his arms in exasperation like a blind man directing traffic. As Everton led through Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas, the dramatic rescue missions which had become routine under Sir Alex Ferguson have evaporated in this season of misery.

The players were visibly uninterested, their knowledge of Moyes's desperation to silence the critics and triumph at his old stomping ground illustrating their lack of respect for the Scot, perhaps borne out of his trophy-less CV. Van Gaal is the complete opposite.

Adored and despised at Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich, Van Gaal, like Jose Mourinho, is the subject of both admiration and animosity, but his propensity to succeed is undoubted, with La Liga titles, a Champions League triumph and several instances of domestic success with Bayern, Ajax and AZ making up his illustrious honours collection.

His footballing philosophy will certainly be greeted with a nod of approval from the Stretford End and co, deploying a "Total Football" philosophy, one which resulted in triumphs as well as plaudits. He learnt off Dutch coach Leo Beenhakker during his time as assistant manager at Ajax. When he assumed the reigns at the Amsterdam outfit, he promised to guide them to Champions League glory, which he did in style.

His strategy of developing young talent was almost mirrored to perfection by Borussia Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp, the German falling short of lifting the trophy. Van Gaal's Ajax class of '95, Champions League winners of that calendar year, was centre around the vibrancy of Marc Overmars, Clarence Seedorf, Frank de Boer, Ronald de Boer, Edwin van der Sar and Jari Litmanen, one of only two non-Dutch members in the side. He would make United an exciting team to watch.

United would also appreciate his high-standards, which would inevitably aid their recovery from this season's miserable demise. Currently the Netherlands boss, and preparing to lead the Oranje into the World Cup finals this summer, an achievement below reaching the semi-final stage would be deemed a failure by the 62 year-old. How United could do with his charisma, arrogance, confidence and ambition.

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