Edwin Van der Sar has discussed his relationship with Louis van Gaal and sung the praises of our manager. Van Gaal gave Van der Sar his debut at Ajax and went on to win three league titles, the European Cup, the UEFA Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, amongst other domestic trophies.cached

Of course, I’ve been watching very closely. Last year was strange when we finished seventh, as that’s not a position United have been familiar with over the last 20 years. But then Louis van Gaal came in, as well as some new players. I grew up with Louis for six years at Ajax and the Dutch national team and I think he’s a fantastic coach. He won the league at Ajax three times, and he has been with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the national team. He’s had some difficult periods but he has belief in his philosophy. He has a way of communicating with players, giving them options, and also reviving them – look at Juan Mata and Fellaini who are now flourishing after not the best of starts at United. They’ve blossomed under him. Let’s hope the progress we’ve seen this year can be made again this summer with a couple of new signings, in order to challenge for the title again. I think there’s still a lot to come from the squad but you always have to look at where you can adjust or do better.