Manchester United’s new boss Louis van Gaal may fail in his attempts to return the club to its former glory, according to Swansea chief, and fellow countryman, John van Zweden.
Many are tipping the former Barcelona boss to oversee a recovery at Old Trafford, and the majority of Red Devils fans harbour hopes of an instant return to the Premier League summit next season, following the disappointment this year has delivered. However amidst a flurry of supposed big-money transfer swoops and an expected large-scale overhaul of the squad, one man who isn’t getting carried away with the hype is Van Zweden.
The Dutchman is firmly in a minority, but believes that Van Gaal may not have been the best choice to succeed David Moyes, despite his impressive credentials.
According to the Daily Star, Van Zweden, speaking to Dutch source Voetbal International, said: “I am convinced that he is not going to save Manchester.
"I have great respect for Van Gaal and it can be good to laugh, but he can't talk this way in the media.
"And you shouldn't be mistaken in the English media. That can really break you.
"And we must not forget that United is a very mediocre team."
The Swansea director then went on to add that he believed Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is a better fit for United, and that he was surprised the Spaniard was not approached by the Glazers as a priority when they were looking for Moyes’ replacement.
“I honestly had expected them to approach Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola. He has more similarities with Ferguson and can be a better fit,” he finished.
Having only been in the job officially since yesterday it would appear that Van Gaal has already set about his business in order to ensure that he is fully prepared to lead his new club back up the Premier League table. A list of desired additions - topped by the likes of Arjen Robben and Toni Kroos - has been drawn up, and numerous reports have linked the Red Devils with eye-watering transfers.