Van Gaal has been under pressure this season.

Louis van Gaal is the best coach I've ever had, claims Edwin van der Sar

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When you ask Manchester United fans to choose between Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis van Gaal, you’re only going to get one answer.

A Scotsman who won 13 league titles in 26 years, or a Dutchman who scraped a fourth placed finish in his first season and has endured a disappointing campaign once again this term.

Not a single United fan will honestly say that they prefer Van Gaal as a coach.

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But one former Red Devil, who has played under both, has made the incredible claim that Van Gaal is a better coach than Ferguson.

The player that made the sensational claim was goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar.

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“For me he’s [Van Gaal] the best coach I ever had. The way he does technical stuff, how he trained us, as young players, we learned the trade of being football players, we all listened to him," he told Oxford University Union, as per Sky Sports.

“He was very demanding, but we had success so then it doesn’t matter how many times the coach wants to train.”

Van der Sar played under Van Gaal at Ajax at the start of his career, winning the Champions League in 1995.

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The goalkeeper then arrived at Old Trafford, via Juventus and Fulham, and managed to lift four Premier League trophies and earned himself another Champions League winners medal with Ferguson.

Season transformation

Speculation has surrounded the future Van Gaal throughout this season with Jose Mourinho being heavily linked to take over the hot-seat at United.

But after four consecutive wins for the club, things certainly looks a lot better for the 64-year-old.

He followed up their 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Sunday with a 1-0 win against Watford to put them level on points with Manchester City in fourth.


They are also in the FA Cup quarter-final where they host West Ham and face Liverpool in the Europa League last-16.

And Van der Sar is adamant that United should keep hold of their manager, comparing the current season at Old Trafford to one he experienced whilst in Holland.

"They are too far away from the top but they still have two opportunities for trophies,” he said.

"In his first year at Ajax in 1992 our team was not playing that great. But that year we won the UEFA Cup and finished fourth in the league.

"There is still an opportunity for United to win the Europa League and they're still in the FA Cup. The Champions League places may be difficult but it's still possible. So it's not done yet,” he added.

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