Andres Iniesta has sung the praises of Louis van Gaal, claiming United’s boss commands respect from the older and younger players alike.

Van Gaal gave Iniesta his debut when he was the manager of Barcelona, and the midfielder has gone on to make over 500 appearances for Barcelona and 100 for Spain.

“He already commands respect when you are a veteran, so imagine when you have just entered the team and you are young,” he said. “But the truth is I have a special memory of him, because he is someone who is very important to me and if there was something he cared about, it was supporting the young players from the reserves.”