Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole believes Louis van Gaal could be the man to "get the show back on the road" at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal, the former Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and current Holland coach, is widely expected to be confirmed as United's new manager in the coming days.
If appointed, the Dutchman would inherit a squad that has slipped to a low ebb after finishing seventh in the Barclays Premier League and failing to qualify for the Champions League.
Cole feels the vastly experienced Van Gaal, 62, has the gravitas to steer the club back towards the top after a season of frustration under David Moyes, who was sacked in April.
Cole, speaking at bwin's 'Play at Old Trafford' event, told Press Association Sport: "We are hoping this is the one that can bring us success again.
"It has only been one season when we haven't won anything - that is how crazy it is, that it is doldrums - but he has got the experience of managing at big football clubs.
"He has not managed in England but experience is massive, especially at a football club of this magnitude.
"He has European experience, knows how to deal with big-name players and has a history of bringing through kids as well.
"To have managed at those clubs he has managed at, you need something special.
"To see us playing the way we played last season was very difficult. It was upsetting and we had to take a bit of flak as well.
"But that is football. We have to bounce back from that and say, 'Next season is a new season, let's get the show back on the road'."
Manchester United: Potential summer transfer targets
Manchester United: Potential summer transfer targets
1/19 Arturo Vidal
The Juventus midfielder is among United's top targets this summer, particularly after impressing for Chile at the World Cup. Having helped his current team secure the Serie A title, Juventus aren't keen on letting him go.
2/19 Marco Reus
Rumoured to be near the top of United's target list, a possible swap deal involving cash and Shinji Kagawa has been mentioned. The Borussia Dortmund player would not be a cheap acquisition, especially given his recent declaration that he wants to stay at Dortmund next season
3/19 Arda Turan
Former manager David Moyes had been seen watching Turan, though his dismissal put a doubt over whether United were still interested. The winger's agent claims an offer has been made, so is the Atletico Madrid winger on his way to Old Trafford?
4/19 Arjen Robben
The Bayern Munich winger has said Van Gaal has offered him a place at Old Trafford if he wants it. Currently he's happy to stay where he is, but things can quickly change.
5/19 Claudio Marchisio
With Paul Pogba highly unlikely to be prised away from Juventus, United's attention could turn to team-mate Claudio Marchisio. The Italian international would provide some class and experience.
6/19 Mats Hummels
With defensive reinforcements high on United's list of priorities, Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels has unsurprisingly been linked with a move to Old Trafford. The German has been earmarked as the ideal replacement for the now-departed Rio Ferdinand and after his impressive showing at the World Cup, he's even more desirable.
7/19 Raphael Varane
Raphael Varane has already snubbed United once in his career, opting instead to join Real Madrid. It would surely take a big offer to prise the classy defender away now.
8/19 Seamus Coleman
Reportedly already the subject of a £15m bid, Seamus Coleman could be the man being lined up as the answer to United's problems at right-back.
9/19 William Carvalho
The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has reportedly been watched 15 times by Manchester United, although the £29m asking price could prove a stumbling block. The Portugal international has also been linked with Arsenal.
10/19 Xherdan Shaqiri
Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri has struggled to force his way into the first team at the Allianz Arena and could be a target for United as well as rivals Liverpool. His impressive displays for Switzerland this summer could make it harder to prise him away.
11/19 Alex Song
Barcelona are understood to be ready to let the former Arsenal player leave this summer. Could provide some strength to United's midfield. Could also bring embarrassment judging by his behaviour at the World Cup.
12/19 Fabio Coentrao
Supposedly came within hours of signing in January, the Portuguese left back could be brought in to provide back-up to Luke Shaw.
13/19 Julian Draxler
A long time Arsenal target, United are reportedly interested in pinching the young German with a bumper offer. Seems unlikely though. Arsenal also strongly interested.
14/19 Sami Khedira
The Germany international is reportedly being pursued by a host of sides, and United might be wise to get in the mix as they look to add some quality to a fairly feeble looking midfield. Real Madrid appear open to letting him go with the 27-year-old having just one year left on his contract. Arsenal and Chelsea are among the others keen on signing the World Cup winner.
15/19 Edinson Cavani
The Uruguayan hitman would prove pricey and tricky to snatch away from PSG and it seems unlikely United have enough to offer him.
16/19 Luciano Vietto
The Racing Club youngster has been impressing in Argentina for some time although a move directly to United would be something of a surprise.
17/19 Santiago Arias
Should a move for Seamus Coleman fail, PSV defender Arias is reportedly being lined up by United. Played for Colombia throughout the group stage of the World Cup.
18/19 Miralem Pjanic
Rumoured to part of a joint bid including teammate Benatia, the Bosnian midfielder is reportedly another on United's large hit list.
19/19 Kevin Strootman
Van Gaal knows Strootman well from working with him in the Netherlands set-up and has indicated he is interested. Roma are reluctant to sell whilst his recovery from a knee injury may prove a stumbling block.
The obvious void for United next season will be the lack of European football.
Next season will be United's first outside the Champions League, a competition they won in 1999 and 2008, since 1995-96.
Cole fears that could have a negative impact when it comes to signing players this summer.
Cole, a member of United's treble-winning 1999 side, said: "To try to entice players to come to Manchester United without the European Cup, they are going to have to do some salemanship.
"That could be tough. The European Cup is a massive competition and all the top players want to play in it.
"Fingers crossed we will be able to get the players we need to make us compete next season for the Premier League and to get back into Europe.
"This is one of the biggest football clubs in the world. To not have European football next year - I don't know what I am going to do with my Wednesdays! No Man Utd in the European Cup? It doesn't sound right."
Cole's former team-mate Peter Schmeichel does not think the current squad needs a major overhaul, but also believes the hand of an experienced manager is essential.
Schmeichel, United's goalkeeper from 1991-99, said: "It looks like it is going to be Van Gaal and it is going to be announced some time soon.
"If it is him it is a very strong experienced manager. I think it is probably what the club wants now - someone with a direction, someone who can take charge and someone who has experience enough to withstand whatever pressures he would be facing.
"It is not major surgery that is needed, just little tweaks that if you combine can have an enormous effect. I don't think we are a million miles away.
"But I still think we need to sign players for a variety of reasons.
"First of all we need players, then we also need new inspiration and then we need, as a football club, to make statements.
"We need to say, 'Yes we had a bad season but we have got the powers to attract the top players'.
"I think those kind of statements are very important, to supporters, the outside world and to the squad.
"That would go a long way to restoring some of the confidence the squad lost in the season just gone."
:: Andy Cole & Peter Schmeichel were talking at bwin's 'Play at Old Trafford' event which gives bwin customers the chance to play at the home at Manchester United.
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