Paul Scholes believes that Louis van Gaal will be able to improve Manchester United by up to 25% from their performances under David Moyes last season.
Van Gaal will take over at Manchester United after the World Cup, and big things are expected of the Dutchman. He's won titles in Germany, Spain and Germany and fans of the Red Devils will hope he can pull off the unique feat of winning a league title in a fourth different country next season.
The confidence in Van Gaal has been boosted by both the Dutchman's performance at the World Cup, and the arrival of both Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera along with the promise of more new faces.
That's a marked change from the Manchester United team of last season, who stuttered to their worst ever Premier League finish under Moyes. He was hand-picked to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson by the great man himself but was relinquished of his duties just ten months later, with the Red Devils ultimately ending the season down in 7th place.
Now Scholes has backed Van Gaal to succeed at Old Trafford next season where Moyes failed, saying he expects the Dutchman to get much more from the team than his predecessor.
He wrote in his Paddy Power blog: "Van Gaal seems to have the Midas touch, and with his coaching reputation and vast experience he can bring a lot to the club. He’ll improve last year’s performance by 20/25 per cent, I feel.
"As well as the new signings, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, (and hopefully more to come) he’ll bring more out of the players who are already there. I’m actually really excited about next season.
"Van Gaal is not afraid of big decisions, which he showed by bringing on the Newcastle keeper Tim Krul for the Dutch No1 Jasper Cillessen for the penalty shootout against Costa Rica. Krul had only saved two out of last 20 penalties with Newcastle. The evidence did not seem to be there for that big a decision. But whatever Louis van Gaal does, seems to work.
"He substituted his captain, Robin van Persie, when Holland were 1-0 down to Mexico, and they came back to win. He seems to have a bit of genius about him, and hopefully can work this magic on United next year."
Van Gaal's attempts to revive Manchester United will of course be helped by the fact that the club are looking to spend big. It was previously reported that he would be handed a £200 million transfer warchest - and so far they've spent just under £60 million on Shaw and Herrera.
It's being reported that Arturo Vidal is the next man on their list, while moves for Mats Hummels and Angel di Maria have also been mooted.
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