Van Persie Trusts Van Gaal at Man United Next Season
Louis van Gaal may be foreign to the atmosphere at storied Premier League club Manchester United, but when the 62-year-old manager takes charge as manager after the World Cup ends, he will recognize a familiar face in his lineup--Dutch forward Robin van Persie.
Van Gaal began coaching the Netherlands international side in 2012 after a short stint with Bayern Munich.
Van Persie has been an exceptional talent for his country, and the Amsterdam-born coach enjoyed the scoring abilities of the striker, who’s netted 42 goals in 83 international appearances.
The longtime United man looks forward to welcoming his compatriot to England, with Ryan Giggs ending his playing career and serving as assistant manager.
Van Persie fought through injuries in league play this season, making only 21 caps and notching 12 goals.
"I have enjoyed the past two years with Holland a great deal," Van Persie said to the Sun this Sunday.
"He is very clear in what he says. I am now going to go through another two-year process with Van Gaal and I am looking forward to it.”
“It is a different sort of approach to what I was used to with previous coaches, but I like it...It is a very Dutch way of doing things - very direct but intended to make us better players."
Not even finishing in a Europa League spot, last season was a huge disappointment for the Red Devils, and David Moyes was promptly fired, giving Van Gaal the opportunity to restore confidence in fans.
With Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra about to leave Old Trafford, this impeding summer transfer window could prove vital for success in the 2014/15 campaign. After all, rumors have circulated that Van Gaal will have a £150 million at his disposal, in which case a great deal of targets across the world could head off to Manchester.