Man United boss is world’s best tactician, says ex-Liverpool star

Dirk Kuyt hails Louis van Gaal as the best tactician in the world after the Netherlands' World Cup win over Mexico

New United manager Louis van Gaal Photo: IMG Nederland

Dirk Kuyt has hailed Louis van Gaal as the best tactician in the world after the Netherlands’ dramatic 2-1 victory over Mexico at the World Cup.

Holland were losing 1-0 until the final three minutes of the last-16 clash, before Wesley Sniejder thumped home an equaliser and Klaas Jan Huntelaar netted a penalty to send Van Gaal’s side through to the quarter-finals in Brazil.

It doesn’t matter what system we are playing the players know exactly what to do

Dirk Kuyt

Van Gaal is set to take charge at Manchester United following the conclusion of the World Cup after singing a three-year deal with the Red Devils earlier this summer.

And former Liverpool star Kuyt was full of praise for the 62-year-old manager after his country’s win.

“He’s maybe the best tactically there is in the world,” Kuyt told Sport24.

“It doesn’t matter what system we are playing the players know exactly what to do. He told us before the game already that we could switch system if we were 1-0 down.

“We switched to 4-3-3 then 15 minutes before the end of the game he decided to put an extra striker to play longer balls and looks for second balls and we managed to score a goal so his tactics were once again spot on.”

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