In a matter of days Louis van Gaal is expected to be named as the next Manchester United manager and already the name of his rumoured goalkeeping coach putting a smile back onto the supporters faces. Goal.com, although in my opinion, they are not considered as all that reliable, have stated that former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is hotly tipped to be part of the veteran Dutchman’s back room staff, which if true, will enable supporters to forget about the last season, which can only be considered as abject failure. Van Gaal leads his Netherlands side into their first World Cup warm up match against Ecuador on Saturday evening, which will be shown live on MUTV from 19:15 GMT. To see how the Netherlands are fared by the bookies ahead of the tournament in Brazil this summer, you can have a look at the World Cup betting odds.
Goal.com state that the UEFA Champions League winner is contemplating accepting to offer made by Van Gaal, a manager that mentored the goalkeeper while he was at Ajax and probably had a big role in his career. It was not all that long ago that Van der Sar said Van Gaal was the best manager he had ever worked with. The former United goalkeepers comments were reported in the Mirror last month, he said:
“I will say more about Louis and United once his appointment his official.
“But I have made it clear here before that Louis van Gaal is the best manager I have ever played for.”
Currently Van der Sar is the marketing director with Ajax, but as a goalkeeper coach, he would have a more hands on role inside one of the biggest clubs in Europe. He was offered the role by Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2011 after his retirement from the game, but he turned down the role to spend more time with his family. Thinking about it though, it was a wise decision as he would have just been scrapped by David Moyes when he replaced Sir Alex on the 1st July last year.
Whether this move for Van der Sar happens or not, it leaves good thoughts in the heads of the United supporters as they would all welcome their former goalkeeper, who was the best replacement for Peter Schmeichel that could be found at the time. Van der Sar is well-respected in the game and just thinking about what he could teach David De Gea in the future makes your mind wander thinking about what United could achieve.
Like I said, this may all be pie in the sky, or it could be on the ball. I just thought I would give my opinion on the rumours floating about at the moment. Would you welcome Edwin van der Sar back at the club as the goalkeeper coach, or do you think someone else should get the chance, if so, who?
By Paul Bienkowski
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