Louis van Gaal‘s Holland secured third place at the World Cup by beating Brazil 3-1 in another impressive win to end a great campaign given the expectations placed on them before the tournament.
For Van Gaal, it was the perfect send off before he makes way to Manchester to take up his role at Old Trafford. Holland weren’t given much chance of getting out of the ‘group of death’ with Spain, Chile and Australia but they topped the group in real style.
It means that in four games against Spain, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, Holland had a total aggregate score of 10-1 at the World Cup and went the entire tournament undefeated through 90 minutes.
That was Van Gaal’s final game as Holland manager and means he signs off having lost only two times in 29 matches (excluding penalties).
However, now the real work begins for Van Gaal as with just over four weeks until the start of the Premier League season, there is still so much to do for him at United.
Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera represented the beginning of Van Gaal moulding his very own United but there are a host of players including Ashley Young, Nani, Bebe and Anderson who could still be shown the exit door.
The sense of excitement around watching Van Gaal’s United next season is palpable at this stage thanks to Holland’s performances at the World Cup. Bring on Swansea.