Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has conceded that he needs Sir Alex Ferguson’s seal of approval before he can consider his reign successful.
In quotes relayed by The Telegraph the Dutchman admitted that praise from the former Old Trafford boss was most important to him, and that it would be a sign that his side was performing well.
After a troubled start that saw comparisons drawn with famous United flop David Moyes Van Gaal has turned things around, and the recent victories over both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have given fans plenty to rave about.
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Van Gaal on Ferguson
Yet the man of the moment isn’t getting ahead of himself, and has insisted that he’s waiting for commendation from one of the greatest managers to have ever lived.
“The comments of legends are always important because they have a lot of fans, and fans are listening to the legends,” said Van Gaal.
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“It’s nice for Manchester United. It’s nice for the players, and also nice for the manager when legends are saying that. If, for example, Ferguson says that I am more proud because as a manager he can judge what is the achievement much better than ex-players.
“It’s difficult to speak with him. But we have made a (dinner) appointment and he shall pay – that is very important!”
Van Gaal’s comments are interesting given the fact that many fans believed Sir Alex Ferguson’s presence at Old Trafford had been a detrimental factor in Moyes’ reign. The pressure of having a man who has been and done it all looking over his shoulder might well have weighed on the ex-Everton boss, but if the same is an issue with Van Gaal he certainly isn’t showing it.
Ahead of today’s clash with Aston Villa United are sitting fourth-placed in the Premier League table, just two points off of second; impressive considering the aim for this term was Champions League qualification. If any man is to thank for that it’s Van Gaal, whose impressive tactics and good man-management has allowed characters considered flops in years past to flourish.
United fans, can Van Gaal ever be as good as Sir Alex? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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