We’ve barely made it to the final round of group game matches, but this World Cup is already being labelled the best ever.
There have been some outstanding performances so far, both collective and individual.
But one of the first remains one of the most astonishing: The Netherlands’ 5-1 demolition of European and World champions Spain in the opening round of fixtures was as emphatic as it was surprising. And for United fans that and subsequent impressive performances could work in the Red Devils’ favour.
This World Cup was always going to go one of two ways for United. Either The Netherlands would be knocked out early, and Louis van Gaal would be able to start signing players. Or, on the contrary, his team would do well and make it to the latter stages of the tournament, filling United’s new manager (and potential new recruits) with unrivaled confidence.
The early signals are that the latter is the more likely. A Dutch influx would not necessarily be a bad thing for United – players such as Bruno Martins Indi and Daley Blind have starred in a young Holland side hungry for success. This hunger is something that was severely lacking at United last season, and is something that is in drastic need of rekindling.
Success on his swansong with the Dutch national side can only be a good thing for van Gaal going into his daunting new job. A major criticism of David Moyes in his time at United was of his nagative style of play, something which wasn’t helped by a loss of confidence and increasingly dreadful performances.
United fans can rest assured that ‘negative’ seems to barely be a word in van Gaal’s dictionary, with some fantastic free-flowing Dutch attacks providing some of the spark to this firecracker of a World Cup.
It would come as no surprise if, after enjoying a fruitful World Cup, Louis van Gaal hit the ground running with United in their fight to regain their place at the top of the Premier League tree.