Former Manchester United coach backs Louis van Gaal

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Former Manchester United assistant manager Steve McClaren has backed Louis van Gaal to become an instant hit at his former side if he is to take up the reins at Old Trafford.

McClaren, who is highly regarded at Manchester United due to his time at the club under Sir Alex Ferguson, believes Van Gaal has all the right qualities to replace David Moyes at the helm of the Premier League champions.

The Derby manager knows all about Van Gaal having faced the Netherlands national team coach during his time at FC Twente and Wolfsburg in Holland and Germany respectively.

McClaren, speaking to Sky Sports, said on Van Gaal: "Without a doubt he has what it takes. He has a strange reputation. He's very forthright.

"He knows what he wants. He knows what he's doing and he's very disciplined. I've also heard that you either love him or you hate him - he's one of those characters.

"He is successful, he gets teams winning and he's experienced at that level. He can manage top players and win things at the top so he's a perfect fit for any of the top five clubs in Europe."

McClaren's comments could sway the likes of Ferguson, Sir Bobby Charlton and the Manchester United into making a decision to hire Van Gaal.

The 62-year-old Dutchman has been linked with Manchester United ever since former manager Moyes was dismissed from his role at the north-west outfit.

Van Gaal reportedly wants to conclude a deal to join Manchester United before he starts his final preparations for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

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