David de Gea is confident Louis van Gaal can return Manchester United to glory next season.
The goalkeeper will be sitting just a few metres away from his new boss on Friday evening when Holland face Spain in the World Cup Group B opener in Salvador de Bahia, and will also be watching team-mate Robin van Persie lead the Dutch attack.
"He has won everything as a coach," De Gea said of Holland coach Van Gaal in an interview with Marca.
"He's a very good coach and I think he's going to bring a lot to Manchester United, important and innovative ideas and I think he's going to be very good for us."
SPAIN: Group B team profile
SPAIN: Group B team profile
1/5 How they qualified
Those who were expecting Spain's qualifying campaign to be a formality were in for a surprise, as Vicente Del Bosque’s side struggled to secure qualification, only doing so with a 2-1 win over Belarus in the final game. Drawn in a group that contained France, it was far from a comfortable campaign for the world champions, despite going unbeaten in their eight games. They finished three points ahead of Les Bleus and topped the group as a result, but they did score fewer goals, with just 14 in total. Pedro’s tally of four in eight games epitomised the lack of firepower in the side as the Barcelona man finished top scorer for La Roja, with Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo hitting three goals in just four games.
One of sharpest minds and most respected coaches in the game, former Real Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque has transformed the face of Spanish football. Granted, he has had some fantastic players to work with, but leading the nation to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 is a special feat. He took over from Luis Aragones, who had lost just four of his 54 games in charge, and had just led Spain to their first European Championship title at Euro 2008. But Del Bosque was clearly not fazed by the task, becoming Spain’s most successful coach in their history, with his winning percentage just over 80 per cent. The 63-year-old has encouraged an attractive, attacking style of football which has seen Spain play some of the best passing football ever seen, and while the ‘tiki-taka’ style may have been started by Aragones, Del Bosque has prolonged its effectiveness.
3/5 Star man
Barcelona star Andres Iniesta is regarded as one of the world's top attacking midfielders, and has been instrumental to the dominance of Barcelona and Spain. While goals seem to come in clusters, with Iniesta never managing double figures for his club in a season, his assist tally continues to rise. World Cup Final win over the Netherlands three years ago, and remains a pivotal player under Del Bosque.
4/5 Emerging talent
Koke burst into European football’s collective consciousness last season in Atletico Madrid’s incredible La Liga winning season, which also saw Madrid’s second club reach the Champions league final. Koke, 22, is the youngest member of Spain’s 23-man squad, but his composed head in the centre of midfield belies his years. Koke has been linked with a move to Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona, but Los Rojiblancos chief Enrique Cerezo insists he is not for sale.
5/5 How they will line up (4-1-4-1)
Casillas, Azpilicueta, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Busquets, Fabregas, Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Costa
Van Gaal's predecessor David Moyes was criticised for negative tactics in his doomed nine-month spell in charge at Old Trafford, but De Gea believes the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach will get United playing more exciting football again.
"He's going to help us a lot because he's going to bring a different style of play," he added.
Spain's third choice goalkeeper behind Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina, De Gea will be watching the game from the dugout, and revealed he has been speaking to Van Persie about it.
"I've sent him the odd message. He's a great player and we'll have to follow him closely. I hope that he has a quiet game."
De Gea has spent the last three seasons with United and explained he was delighted to be playing his football in England.
He added: "It's a great place to play football, the fans respect you a lot, it's wondrous."