Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has heaped praise on Louis van Gaal and says that under the Dutch manager's guidance Manchester United will qualify for the Champions League.
The Daily Star carries quotes from the Holland international who claims that his former coach will bring back the glory days to Old Trafford after the club's disappointing seventh place finish in the Premier League last term.
Van Gaal was appointed as David Moyes's successor after the World Cup in Brazil this summer, and began his Red Devils revolution with a £153 million outlay on six new signings that will be tasked with making Manchester United a domestic and European force again.
Robben, who was another player reportedly on the 63-year-old coach's transfer wish list is adamant that it's only a matter of time before Manchester United are a serious force again after picking up their first win of 2014/15 following a resounding 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers last weekend.
Arjen Robben quotes:
"I was very happy for him that he won the game against QPR last weekend," he said. "If you are not winning, you get the pressure but the management at United know what sort of coach they have got and I am very confident he will be successful there.
"I have worked with Van Gaal at Bayern as well as with Holland, so I have known him for a very long time. He is one of the few coaches who can make teams play better. He makes players better.
"He will get United back into the Champions League next season, where they belong."
New era at Old Trafford
Club-record signing Angel di Maria - who joined from Real Madrid in a British transfer record £59.7 million deal - is arguably Manchester United's most exciting new addition, but the season-long loan arrival of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao has also raised expectations for a successful season at Old Trafford.
The likes of Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo has also gone some way to strengthening the first-team squad, and Van Gaal will now be confident he has the tools to orchestrate a Premier League top four finish this term, and with it return to Europe's elite club competition in 2015/16.
Robben's public show of support for Van Gaal isn't exactly surprising given the fruitful relationship he's previously enjoyed with the Red Devils boss - both at club and international level - but his comments might still anger some Chelsea supporters due to his links with the Stamford Bridge club.
Blues fans won't take kindly to one of their former players seemingly praising a Premier League title rival, and that could damage his reputation in west London.