Van Gaal the teacher believes he has found his niche at Man Utd

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal already talking about next season at Man Utd
Van Gaal already talking about next season at Man Utd

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes has has slotted neatly into the role of headmaster at Old Trafford's school of excellence.

Van Gaal has blooded a host of fresh talent in his first two seasons at United boss, with Old Trafford chiefs set to stick with the Dutchman into the third and final year of his contract.

Now Van Gaal has hinted that his role as mentor to the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard is the reason why his spell as United boss will ultimately be hailed as a success.

“Part of my function is to be like a teacher," he told reporters. "Older players are not always liking to follow and perform.

“We show the players a lot of images and training situations and you have to perform to what we think is best for the team.

"That for youngsters is more easy to do than for older players — because older players have their own opinion and want to play the way they like.

“We discussed this in my first talks with the club. They said what the culture of Manchester United is and why they wanted me.

“You also need the luck that the youngsters are performing at that level. That’s not always the case. But when you see how many players I have given the chance to show themselves, that’s already good.

“Of course, in the end, only two or three players finish up as a Manchester United player. But when you have me as a manager, you have a lot of chances.

“And because of that, there are a lot of players coming to Manchester United next season — because I give them a chance. They can see that.”

Van Gaal's increasing confidence that he will get a chance to start a third season as United boss comes amid reports that Jose Mourinho has given up all hope of replacing him at Old Trafford this summer.