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Advocaat has faith in Van Gaal

2014-08-29 14:26
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Belgrade - Louis van Gaal's bid to revive former glories at Manchester United will be as challenging as his Dutch compatriot Dick Advocaat's goal of reaching Euro 2016 with Serbia, the Balkan nation's coach said.

Advocaat, who took over from caretaker manager Ljubinko Drulovic in July after Serbia failed to reach the 2014 World Cup under Sinisa Mihajlovic, is confident both he and Van Gaal will do well in their new jobs.

"It will be a challenge for both of us," Advocaat told a news conference after naming his 23-man squad for Serbia's friendly against Euro 2016 hosts France in Belgrade on September 7.

"I took this job because like Van Gaal at United, I have a talented group of players blended with experience at Serbia."

"The expectations are huge at both ends but Van Gaal is an outstanding coach and unlike me, he can work with his players every day while he also has some money to buy new players."

Van Gaal has made a dismal start at United and is yet to register a competitive victory, picking up one point from two league games before suffering a 4-0 League Cup rout at third-tier MK Dons.

The arrival of Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for a British record £59.7m took United's spending to over £130 million ahead of Saturday's visit to promoted Burnley.

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