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Robben backs Van Gaal appointment

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Manchester United target Arjen Robben has tipped Louis van Gaal to be a major success in the Premier League.

Van Gaal looks set to officially takeover the reins at Old Trafford next week after Manchester United's top brass decided that he was the ideal candidate to rebuild what looks to be a sinking ship.

And former Chelsea winger Robben believes Van Gaal is the perfect man to replace David Moyes at the helm of Old Trafford.

The 30-year-old, who will be named in Van Gaal's Netherlands World Cup squad, could even be tempted to seal a return to the Premier League in order to link up with national team boss.

Robben, who moved to the Allianz Arena back when Van Gaal was in charge of Bayern Munich, said on the 62-year-old tactician: "I owe Van Gaal a lot - he really helped me as a player. I was not always playing for Bayern - but still he continued to pick me for the national team.

"That faith he showed in me helped me as a player - and then I went on to play some of the best football of my career for Bayern.

"I was not a special case - he shows faith in all of his players - and that is one of the reasons why players want to play for him - and why they like to play for him."

Van Gaal has been accused of being extremely blunt towards his players, however Robben has refuted such suggestions.

"There is something about going into a Van Gaal dressing room and training sessions - there is a positive vibe and a warmth to the place," added Robben.

"He creates a special environment for his players - and Manchester United will be very fortunate to have him as their coach."

Van Gaal is set to win over Manchester United fans by keeping interim manager Ryan Giggs on his coaching staff - despite previous suggestions that the Welshman could leave the club if he did not feel wanted by the Dutchman.

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