Louis van Gaal will never turn down Man United, claims Bryan Roy

Former Netherlands star Bryan Roy believes Louis van Gaal would accept an offer to manage Manchester United

Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal Photo: Paul Blank, via Wikimedia

Louis van Gaal will never turn down Manchester United, according to Bryan Roy.

The Netherlands head coach is the current favourite to fill the managerial void at Old Trafford after the Red Devils sacked David Moyes on Tuesday.

He will be a revelation at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal

And former Dutch star Roy believes 62-year-old Van Gaal would be a perfect fit for the 20-time English champions and the Premier League.

“He will never turn down Manchester United, believe me. I think that it’s the job he really wants. And he will be a revelation at Manchester United,” Roy told the Daily Mirror.

“He is very disciplined, very strict and is very attacking in his philosophy. I know English football well, and his style is suited to that. He believes in wingers, he is very strong and very tactical. The best word that I can think of is demanding.

“On the pitch, every player will be told their job, they will know exactly what is expected of them, their position and role in the team.”

Louis van Gaal fact-file

• Having never made it beyond the reserve team at his first club, Ajax, Van Gaal spent most of his playing career as
a Sparta midfielder, retiring in 1987 after a season with AZ, where he started his coaching career as an assistant.

• Took on a similar coaching role at hometown club Ajax, under Leo Beenhakker, from 1988 to 1991 before moving
up to the top job on his mentor’s departure.

• Had six glorious years at Ajax, winning three Eredivisie titles, a Dutch Cup, the 1992 Uefa Cup and the 1995 Champions League; defended that title in 1996 all the way to a penalty shoot-out defeat by Juventus in the final. Was
awarded an Order of the Oranje-Nassau in 1997 and made a knight.

• Moved to Spain the same year for a three-season stint at Barcelona, winning two Liga titles and a Copa del Rey.
Became Netherlands coach in 2000 in an unsuccessful bid to qualify the Oranje for the 2002 Fifa World Cup. Returned
briefly to Barça before a spell out of coaching.

• Took over at Alkmaar in 2005, steering them to their first Eredivisie title since 1981 in April 2009. Appointed coach of Bayern a month later, as a replacement for caretaker Jupp Heynckes. He lost to Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan in the Champions League final in 2010.

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