Louis van Gaal: Man United must be like the Netherlands

New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wants his side to "sing from the same hymn sheet" as his Netherlands squad

Louis van Gaal is to take over at United after the World Cup Photo: Fifa

Louis van Gaal wants his Manchester United squad to “sing from the same hymn sheet” as his Netherlands squad following their third-place finish at the World Cup.

Holland secured third spot in Saturday’s 3-0 play-off victory over hosts Brazil, with United striker Robin van Persie netting the opener from the penalty spot.

I hope my new group in Manchester will be just like this one

Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal, 62, is now set to take over at Old Trafford after signing a three-year deal earlier this summer.

And the former Bayern Munich boss is hoping that his United squad are able to emulate the unity displayed by his Holland side in Brazil.

“I hope my new group in Manchester will be just like this one,” said Van Gaal. “We set an objective and we believed in that objective.

“We wanted first place and really we were very, very close to doing that – only penalties stopped us.

“We can look back on a successful tournament and I’m just so proud of my players and my staff.

“Now the first thing we have to do at United is the same, to all start singing from the same hymn sheet. Then we’ll see if we do that then all’s well that ends well.”

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