Olimpico

Next Game

Roma v Man Utd

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 21:10

Friendly Match

Last Game

Man Utd 7 - 0 LA Galaxy

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 04:00

Friendly Match

Gullit has faith in Van Gaal

Ruud Gullit believes Louis van Gaal could adopt a fiery management style at Manchester United, but expects him to succeed in England.

Last Updated: 02/07/14 at 08:29 Post Comment

Louis van Gaal: Backed to succeed by Ruud Gullit

Louis van Gaal: Backed to succeed by Ruud Gullit

Van Gaal is currently preparing the Netherlands for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica, but his attention will swiftly switch to England after the tournament.

Rebuilding work is needed at Old Trafford following a disappointing season which saw the team slip to seventh place in the Premier League.

Gullit is fully aware of the pressure his countryman will face following spells in charge of Chelsea and Newcastle, but feels his experience and no-nonsense approach can change United’s fortunes.

“He’s proved it at Barcelona, he’s also proved it at Bayern Munich, so give him a chance,” he told Sky Sports News.

“It will be tough especially with the press. I can’t wait for the press conferences with him. He’s a character, he’s a very good coach, knows how to prepare a team, knows how to do it and hopefully will do well with Manchester United. We’re all going to follow him.

“He does everything himself, he wants to, but you have to accept the way he is. He is sometimes very confrontational, but if you win things why not take it?”

A former Holland star, Gullit has watched England struggle on the big stage again, suffering an early exit in Brazil.

He believes the youth system in England needs radical changes and has pointed to the influx of foreign players as another reason for the national team’s failings.

“What is your identity? You’ve thrown it out in the bin a long time ago,” he said.

“That’s why you have to find your identity. Start with the youth system, start with the kids. Don’t play competitive football.

“Your biggest problem is on the most important part of the pitch, the players are only foreigners.

"Goalkeepers in the top five are a foreigner, back in the centre, all foreigners, the playing midfielder a foreigner. Then you have the No 10, who plays behind the striker, is a foreigner and the striker.

“In your spine you have only foreigners." 

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid are eyeing a six-trophy campaign this season

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid are targeting an even bigger trophy haul this season.

Friendly: Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 7-0 as Louis van Gaal era opens in style

Wayne Rooney, Reece James and Ashley Young all scored twice as Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 7-0 in Pasadena.

Premier League: Gylfi Sigurdsson delighted with move to Swansea from Tottenham

Gylfi Sigurdsson has told Sky Sports he is delighted to have joined former club Swansea from Tottenham.

Mail Box

Defending Woodward With Perspective

One Mailer is telling us to hold fire on our Woodward criticism, whilst we also have some wonderful PFA Team of The year geekery, a well done to Vieira and much more...

Why The Obsession Over The Captaincy?

Asks the morning mailbox, before hastily returning to the debate over who should replace Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Ed Woodward's spending plans and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property