Louis van Gaal is an elite manager and few would argue his ability rivals that of fellow Champions League winning coaches Vicente Del Bosque and Sir Alex Ferguson.
Van Gaal is well known for having a strict no nonsense attitude towards his players, no player is bigger than the club in the Dutchman's eyes. Van Gaal is also well known for his fantastic ability to spot young talent and nurture that player and help them to reach their absolute maximum potential.
Van Gaal's track recoed
Just look back twenty years and Van Gaal was working with players like Frank De Boer and Edwin van Der Sar, and just look what fantastic careers they both had. It could also be argued Van Gaal played a huge part in the progression of Arjen Robben, Thomas Müller and David Alaba during his time at FC Bayern München.
Van Gaal also had a part to play in the development of a very young Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez, as well as current Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, FC Bayern München coach Josep Guardiola and FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, there's some huge bragging rights just there.
Herrera: New Paul Scholes?
Now onto 24-year-old Spaniard Ander Herrera. Some are billing him as the next Paul Scholes or the next Cesc Fabregas, however it is a little to early for that talk especially when you consider Herrera has yet to earn a cap for the senior Spanish team, although after their World Cup performance that could be about to change with a Spanish footballing reform.
However Van Gaal obviously sees the raw ability in £29 million Ander Herrera that David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson before him did. Herrera is a hard worker, a puppet master. He is fast aggressive and a hard tackler, he can pick out attackers in front of him with frightening accuracy.
Because of van Gaal's tactical genius and Herrera's raw ability, we could be about to see one of the world's surprising and interesting young talents emerge.
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