English Premiership

Schmeichel backs van Gaal

2014-05-21 12:04
Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Getty Images.
Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Getty Images.
Cape Town - Louis van Gaal, who was appointed as Manchester United head coach on Monday, is already making plans to drastically revamp the Red Devils' squad.

He has also claimed that only four current players can be assured of their place at Old Trafford next season.

But former goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, believes the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager will instantly command the respect of United's players when he moves to Old Trafford after the World Cup.

"It was good to finally get it done and get it out the way because I think a lot of people needed to have that confirmation," Schmeichel told Sky Sports.

"It was important to put the minds of the fans at ease because Manchester United is too big an institution not to have a leader.

"I think van Gaal is the kind of guy who will instantly command the respect of the players. He has that kind of reputation and he is a guy who is very sure about himself.

"He knows his direction and knows exactly what he wants and some players won't like that but I think he's good for Manchester United. He is, to all intents and purposes, the guy that we need now."

Another former United goalkeeper, Edwin van der Sar, also backed the appointment of the new manager and expects his fellow Dutchman to sign the right players in the summer.

"Van Gaal will spend the right money on the right player to ensure that they are right for United," Van der Sar told the Daily Mirror.

"He will know if they have the United DNA of the club inside of them. If not he will let them go and let them go to other clubs. You have to play and you have to fight for Manchester United. Not only come for the money."

Van Gaal, who jetted off to Portugal to meet up with the Netherlands side ahead of a long-week of training, must now turn his attention to the World Cup.

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