Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is currently the bookie’s favourite to take over as manager of Manchester United, following the dismissal of David Moyes.
The 62 year old veteran had looked poised to take over at Old Trafford in 2002, however the move failed to materialise when Alex Ferguson decided to postpone his retirement.
So what will Van Gaal bring to the Red Devils should the move go ahead?
The Dutchman is vastly experienced, succeeding at club level with Ajax in the 90’s, where he won three league titles, a Uefa Cup and the Champions League.
He also won back to back La Liga titles and the Copa Del Rey during his three year stint with Barcelona.
Van Gaal is undoubtedly a great manager, but has also experienced failure at the top level. He failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup during his first spell as Holland coach, he then returned to Barcelona for a period of 8 months, before leaving due to a poor showing in the league.
He did, however, recover from these setbacks and went on to win the Dutch league with AZ Alkaamar, before landing a Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich in 2010.
This experience at club level can only benefit Manchester United, Van Gaal is a winner, plain and simple. He is used to winning top titles and will be comfortable managing an elite club, the same could not be said for Moyes.
The Amsterdam native has always encouraged his teams to play an attacking style of football, which will undoubtedly go down well with the fans at Old Trafford.
The only problem with the possible appointment of Van Gaal as the next manager of Manchester United is the fact that he will not be able to take over until after the World Cup.
This will be an issue in terms of transfer dealings. United are preparing to splurge on reinforcements during the summer, and this will have to be postponed until July, should Holland advance to the latter stages of the competition.
He will have a limited amount of time to sign players, which could lead to poor decision making and the dreaded ‘panic buy’. Transfer fees also tend to rise after a World Cup, if a player has a decent tournament.
All in all though, this will most likely not deter Manchester United from snapping up Van Gaal as their next head coach, and he does definitely seem to possess all of the attributes to be a successful Premier League manager.