Louis van Gaal emerges as candidate for Southampton job – report

by Leo Nieboer

Louis van Gaal has could make a shock Premier League return after emerging as a candidate for the Southampton job, according to reports.

The Dutchman spent two seasons in the dugout at Old Trafford and was replaced by Jose Mourinho 12 months ago after failing to secure a place in the Champions League.

Southampton could part ways with manager Claude Puel following an underwhelming campaign that saw the Saints suffer an early Europa League exit and pick up 17 fewer points than what they managed under Ronald Koeman the season before.

And according to the Mirror‘s Steve Bates, Southampton remain impressed with the 65-year-old’s track record and could consider bringing him to Saint Mary’s this summer.

Van Gaal’s two years at United demonstrated quite emphatically that using a system which worked with Ajax in the 1990s doesn’t concomitantly work when placed up against the vicissitudes of Premier League football. He was always able to summon a level of defensive rigidity, a kind of platform that the entire approach was dependent upon, but the problems lay at the other end of the pitch – an area that Southampton need to improve more than anything.

Either way, Mourinho never lost to Van Gaal during his time in England and picking the Dutchman’s system apart next season would be a pleasing testament to just how far United have come under the Portuguese.

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