Louis van Gaal can improve Manchester United by '25 per cent', says Paul Scholes
The former midfielder approves of the Dutchman's arrival
Tuesday 08 July 2014
Paul Scholes believes Louis van Gaal has a magic touch that can improve Manchester United by "20-25 per cent".
Scholes, the former United midfielder, is excited about the prospect of Van Gaal taking over as manager at Old Trafford ahead of the new season.
Van Gaal will take up duties with United after the World Cup in Brazil, where he has impressed in taking Holland to the semi-finals.
Scholes wrote in his Paddy Power Blog: "Right now, Manchester United fans (and myself) cannot wait for Louis van Gaal to get the job started at Old Trafford.
"It's not a vintage Holland team he's managing and van Gaal has got them to the brink of a World Cup final.
"He's going to have to perform a similar operation at United after a shocking season in 2013-2014.
"Van Gaal seems to have the Midas touch, and with his coaching reputation and vast experience he can bring a lot to the club.
"He'll improve last year's performance by 20-25 per cent, I feel.
"As well as the new signings, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, (and hopefully more to come) he'll bring more out of the players who are already there. I'm actually really excited about next season."
Paul Scholes pictured coaching at Manchester United
One of Van Gaal's most remarkable tactical decisions at the World Cup came when he replaced goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen with Tim Krul deep into injury time in Holland's quarter-final against Costa Rica.
Krul rewarded him by producing two saves in the subsequent penalty shootout to send the Dutch into the last four.
Scholes added: "Krul had only saved two out of last 20 penalties with Newcastle. The evidence did not seem to be there for that big a decision.
"But whatever Louis van Gaal does, seems to work. He substituted his captain, Robin van Persie, when Holland were 1-0 down to Mexico, and they came back to win.
"He seems to have a bit of genius about him, and hopefully can work this magic on United next year."
Latest in Sport
Phil Hughes injury: Cricket world reels as Australian opener 'fights for his life'
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund player ratings: Who was the star man at the Emirates? Alexis Sanchez? Santi Cazorla? Or Yaya Sanogo?
Phil Hughes: A swashbuckling, raw and talented batsman who had the world at his feet
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund report: Yaya Sanogo and Alexis Sanchez are on target as Gunners secure impressive victory
This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 1 'Kidnapped boy may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,' say police
- 3 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 4 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Bollywood actress Veena Malik sentenced to 26 years in jail for blasphemy after appearing in mock TV wedding scene