United Boss, Louis van Gaal advises in his musing’s that the most influential player he ever coached was Barcelona’s – Xavi?
The Dutchman managed Barcelona in the late 90’s following on from Johan Cruff – who he desperately hates.
Xavi was developed through the famous Barcelona, La Masia youth academy and he provided Xavi with numerous starting opportunities on a regular basis, due to his ball retaining skills, incisive passing.
He rates Xavi above all else?
Manchester United manager Van Gaal clearly never managed Paul Scholes, often mooted to be the best ever midfielder of the Premiership era. Player’s of the Ginger-Prince’s quality are difficult to replace? And obviously the skilled player of Scholes qualities illuminate glaringly so that United are short of to find the cutting pass and provide artillery in goal scoring from midfield.
The current United Boss enlarging further on his short period of time at the Camp Nou, “Xavi and Iniesta. Maybe Iniesta because he is more explosive player and that’s the way football is played now. But Xavi is the best.”
The Manchester United manager however favouring the youth policy at his previous club, as can be confirmed in his opening day press conference at Carrington in describing 17 year old Clarence Seedorf at Ajax as most mature.
Louis van Gaal explained his thinking further, ” I know which players are fitting in my philosophy. And when it is a young boy, it’s good. When you are 26 or 27 you are more than when you are 21. But when you don’t give them any chances then nobody can come in the team.
“When you see my curriculum, you see I played with Xavi, Iniesta, Motta – he is now at Paris Saint-Germain – Carlos Puyol: I gave them all their starting debuts. The United manager enlarged on his youth policy as the Dutchman provided starting opportunities at the German giants – Bayern Munich to Kroos, Muller, Alba and Badstuber, and they are still playing. Not a bad eye, I think?” Van Gaal explained.
This all augurs well if Van Gaal follows through with his principles and develops Adnan Januzaj, Micheal Keane, Tom Lawrence, Ben Pearson, Tyler Blackett and James Wilson as a few of United’s young up coming stars.
Although as one ex Liverpool pundit, Alan Hansen once said “You don’t win nothing with kids.”
Which Manchester United youngster do you think will make the grade under Louis van Gaal’s custodianship?