Tuesday, 20th May, 2014

Former Dutch international Ronald de Boer believes that Louis van Gaal will give direction to Manchester United after a difficult 2013/14 campaign for the Red Devils.

Manchester United ended the long drawn out saga of appointing their new manager by announcing the appointment of Van Gaal yesterday.

De Boer and his twin brother Frank de Boer played under Van Gaal at Ajax where the 62-year-old won a Champions League with a squad which had an average age of 23.

The 44-year-old, who is currently the youth team manager at Ajax, recalls Van Gaal as a strict disciplinarian and admits that he was scared of the Dutch national team coach.


"He's very strict. When I was young I was scared of him and feared him a bit", De Boer told BBC Radio 5 live.

After a season of disappointments Manchester United need to be reinvigorated and De Boer believes Van Gaal is the man to give a new direction to the club by demanding that extra bit from the players.

"Everyone knows which direction he is aiming for and everyone will follow that.

"When he watches, you give a little more effort in what you are doing."

In his six years with Ajax, Van Gaal won three Dutch league titles, one Dutch Cup, one Champions League crown and one UEFA Cup. His Ajax side came close to winning back-to-back Champions League crowns but were beaten by Juventus on penalties in the final in 1996.

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