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Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has Evra's backing

Patrice Evra gives new manager Van Gaal his backing
Patrice Evra gives new manager Van Gaal his backing.

Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra and former Dutch midfielder Ronald de Boer have both come out in support of newly appointed Manchester United coach Louis Van Gaal as reported by ESPN.

Manchester United endured a disastrous season last year under David Moyes when they failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years and the appointment of the Dutch head coach appears to be the one that could bring long term stability and success back to the club that was expected under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Success

Van Gaal's managerial success has included league titles in Holland, Spain, Germany and the UEFA Champions League in 1994/5 with Ajax, amongst others. His renowned disciplined coaching style is clearly from the same school as Ferguson, exactly what United need.

His first taste of international management came with Holland and lasted only two years before he resigned after failing to lead his country to the World Cup finals in 2002, the first time the Dutch didn't feature since 1986.

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Van Gaal's second stint in charge of the Dutch national side has been far more successful.

He was appointed in 2012 and led his team to the World Cup finals with nine wins and a draw in 10-qualification games, however it is in Brazil after just two matches that United fans will appreciate exactly what will be standing on the touchline at Old Trafford come the start of next season.

His team have been the standout nation so far after thrashing the World Champions, Spain, 5-1 in their opening clash.

They followed that up with an exciting 3-2 win over Australia and if they can go all the way I am sure United fans won't mind welcoming their new manager as a World Cup winner.

United's Patrice Evra, on duty in Brazil with France, has been keeping a close eye on his new boss and is relishing the chance of working with a man that could bring back a similar managerial style that he was accustomed too during his eight years at the club.

"Van Gaal is a great coach," Evra said. "And he enjoyed a good start in this World Cup."

"Robin (van Persie) told me he's a coach who likes discipline. That's good because I love discipline, don't forget I played under Sir Alex Ferguson! He's a good choice for Manchester United."

Ronald de Boer

Evra wasn't alone in his praise for the Dutchman as former Netherlands international, Ronald de Boer threw his weight behind a coach he knows well and has played under.

"I think you are getting one of the best managers in the world so the chance of success is high," de Boer told MUTV. "I believe that, especially when you have patience, he will get success because he's so determined to do well but also he has a great vision.

"On his tactics, he will know the weak points of the opponents, and what the team needs, so he can really make a very strong team and a team that believes in each other," De Boer said.

"Sometimes it takes time to get that belief from the players, some will not accept that and will drop off, but when you have everybody together, believe me, you will have great success.

"I've seen so many coaches and he stands out so far ahead."

Factfile 

De Boer firmly believes that despite no Champions League football at Old Trafford this season, Van Gaal will attract big name players to the club and that he will without question add to his array of managerial honours during his time in the Premiership.

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