The 2014 World Cup has thus far been a complete success filled with goals, upsets and controversy but the one man who has stolen the show is undoubtedly Louis Van Gaal.

Van Gaal had received rave reviews by pundits and spectators alike in the lead up to the Quarter Final clash between Holland & Costa Rica; this was thanks to his tinkering with selection and perfectly timed substitutions in the previous rounds & the demolition of Spain.

But the next episode of "Van Gaal Knows Best" was the most surprising. In the dying stages of extra time he risked it all by swapping his goalkeeper for Newcastle's Tim Krul.

Krul was brought on for penalties, but why? His record of saving two from 20 penalties domestically is not something to be admired. 

But the reasoning for his swap was soon pretty evident. Tim Krul is more shrewd and forwardly confident than Jasper Cillessen, the man he replaced. This could be seen from his distraction techniques hat put off the Costa Rica Players - and although probably didn't win himself many fans he saved two and got his nation through to the Semi Finals. 

It has even been suggested that Krul would be more than happy to take a penalty if need be. 

So Krul is the national hero right? No, of course not because the credit has gone to the man who can do know wrong, the man who is potentially setting himself up for a big job at Manchester United this coming season. 

All that can be said is the Premier League will opens its arms for characters such as the Dutchman and we can undoubtedly look forward to a Mourinho vs Van Gaal showdown. 

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