Louis van Gaal has set high standard for Man United reign, says Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand believes Louis van Gaal will be expected to recreate Holland's attacking style at Man United next season

Holland head coach Louis van Gaal Photo: Fifa

Rio Ferdinand has warned Louis van Gaal that Holland’s 5-1 demolition of World Cup holders Spain will have raised expectations at Manchester United.

The 62-year-old, who has previously managed Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is set to take charge of the Red Devils at the end of Holland’s World Cup campaign.

If he keeps that up, the Manchester United fans will be very happy

Rio Ferdinand

The Dutch made a blistering start to their bid to win world football’s biggest prize as the Oranje dismantled Spain thanks to braces from Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben, with Stefan de Vrij also netting.

And Ferdinand, who was released by United at the end of the season, feels Van Gaal will be under pressure to deliver Holland’s attacking football at Old Trafford next season.

“I think Louis van Gaal has set himself a high standard there for Manchester United! If he keeps that up, the Manchester United fans will be very happy,” Ferdinand told BBC Sport.

The former England international praised the quality of Holland’s goals as Van Gaal’s men stormed to the top of Group B.

“If they has had cameras on us in the studio they would have seen us jumping around,” Ferdinand added.

“Some of the goals we have seen have been sensational, to see Arjen Robben running past a world-class defender like Sergio Ramos and putting it in the back of the net like he did, that is the sort of thing you want to see at a World Cup and it was in abundance tonight.”

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