Edgar Davids: Manchester United are ‘blessed’ to have Louis van Gaal

by Ben Topliss

Edgar Davids believes Manchester United should consider themselves ‘blessed’ to have Louis van Gaal as their manager.

Van Gaal oversaw disappointing exits in the Capital One Cup and Champions League earlier this term but he has guided his side to the FA Cup final and within touching distance of a top four finish in the Premier League.

The Dutchman has also handed debuts to the likes of Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah over the course of the campaign. Davids, who won the Champions League with van Gaal at Ajax, defender his former boss.

“I definitely think it is a blessing for Manchester United to have a coach like van Gaal,” Davids said.

“He moulded me as a player by teaching me the basics, the fundamentals of football and definitely made me the player I was until I stopped playing. That is what van Gaal does. He was fantastic to work with, giving you very clear guidelines so there is room to excel and grow.

“If you look at most youngsters, they have worked well under van Gaal. I had never heard of Thomas Muller at Bayern Munich before van Gaal managed him and he’s now one of the best players in the world.

“It is the same at Manchester United. Did anybody hear of Marcus Rashford last season? When he leaves Man United, van Gaal will leave strong fundamentals for the next coach, like he’s done all the teams he’s been with.”

Van Gaal’s reign has certainly seen some positives: his handling of young players, in particular, has been a source of pride for supporters.

However, it is hard to look past the dour, predictable and soulless football that United have played for the majority of the campaign. Even winning the FA Cup may not be enough to save his job.

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