United fans get sneak preview of Van Gaal era on MUTV
Manchester United fans will get a chance to see their future manager Louis van Gaal at work tonight as the club's in-house television channel MUTV shows the friendly match between the Netherlands and Ecuador.
The club are billing the game as an opportunity to see the Netherlands captain Robin van Persie go up against his clubmate Antonio Valencia, but the fact that it is being broadcast could also be seen as an indication that Van Gaal's appointment is imminent.
United are yet to comment on negotiations between the club and the Netherlands head coach, though Ryan Giggs, who was in charge for the final four games of last season after the sacking of David Moyes, met the Dutchman this week to discuss becoming his assistant manager.
Tonight's game at the Amsterdam ArenA will give United fans an insight into how Van Gaal sets up. He has preferred 4-3-3 in the past, but has discussed with Van Persie the possibility of switching to a 3-5-2 line-up.
"I discussed changing the formation with Robin as I talk about these matters with my captain," Van Gaal said.
Former United striker Andrew Cole believes Van Gaal will be a success at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal (62) will inherit a squad that slipped to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, failing to qualify for the Champions League. And Cole said: "We are hoping this is the one that can bring us success again. It has only been one season when we haven't won anything but he has got the experience of managing at big football clubs.
"He has not managed in England but experience is massive, especially at a club of this magnitude. He has European experience, knows how to deal with big-name players and has a history of bringing through kids.
"To have managed at those clubs he has managed at, you need something special.
"To see us playing the way we played last season was upsetting and we had to take a bit of flak as well. We have to bounce back from that and say 'next season is a new season, let's get the show back on the road'." (© Independent News Service)