Louis Van Gaal’s Dutch team left the World Cup with their heads held high following a controlled performance over hosts Brazil which led them to third place.
Although little was expected of Netherlands at this tournament a mixture of squad unity, tactical ingenuity and star turns from their main men meant Van Gaal could claim the plaudits.
However, the question now is can he bring all these qualities with him to Old Trafford.
Although he has enhanced is reputation no end with his sides performances, particularly amongst Manchester United fans, there are still a number of potential hurdles for the uncompromising Dutchman to overcome if he is to bring back the glory days to the Theatre of Dreams.
One major issue for Van Gaal to deal with is who becomes the next Red Devils captain. Due to the mass exodus of experienced players - including previous captains, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand - the squad does not exactly seem well stocked in potential candidates.
It would appear to be a straight shootout between Wayne Rooney and his Dutch captain, Robin van Persie; both players have worn the armband at club level and international level previously.
Rooney’s performances last season suggested he was ready to become the next captain, something which would have been a certainty had David Moyes retained his job. However following the Scot’s exit from the job and Van Gaal’s closeness to Van Persie - whom he made captain with the Netherlands - it would appear he is now the lead candidate.
Whoever he chooses, United will start the season with a new leader on the pitch and one of their star performers reeling from a big snub. How the loser of this particular battle reacts could have a huge impact on the rest of the season.
Another area for Van Gaal to be concerned is squad unity. His Dutch squad appeared willing to do anything for him and gave their all no matter who was playing and in what formation. It is a far cry from the laboured displays many United stars served up last season under Moyes.
It was even suggested that there was a mutiny within the squad which eventually forced the Scotsman out. However with many senior stars leaving Old Trafford this summer and an apparent transfer policy of bringing in younger, hungrier replacements it would appear that squad unrest will be less of an issue.
Add to that Van Gaal’s reputation as a hardnosed professional who puts the team above the individual, anyone who does try to rock the boat will find their time come to a swift conclusion.
Another potential problem is how the players adapt to Van Gaal’s coaching and tactical fluidity. One of the most impressive things about his Dutch team was their ability to instantly perform in one of several formations, with players like Daley Blind the perfect example of Van Gaal's fluid style and flexibility he expects from his team.
More versatility needed
Last year United’s team seemed incapable of following any type of formation or style of play; they lacked any identity whatsoever. If they can’t buy into Van Gaal's tactics it could be another long season.
One final issue for Van Gaal to deal with is the quality of the players he has at his disposal. He has already brought in two players in Ander Hererra and Luke Shaw with several other deals in the pipeline.
However the overall squad quality is still well below that of their title rivals, particularly Manchester City and Chelsea.
A quality centre-back and another midfielder are top priorities with deals for Arturo Vidal and Mats Hummels on the cards. If they aren't signed then I foresee another season of struggle, no matter how good a coach Van Gaal is.
So it would appear there is no time for the new United boss to revel in his World Cup success as he has a huge job in rebuilding Manchester United, although a man as supremely confident as Van Gaal wouldn’t have it any other way.
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