Manchester United have announced the appointment of Albert Stuivenberg, the newest addition to Louis Van Gaal’s backroom staff alongside Ryan Giggs, Marcel Bout and Frans Hoek.
The former Netherlands U21 manager starts work immediately, joining the role of an assistant coach with Giggs.
The Dutchman started his coaching career with Feyenoord, spending 13 years with the Eredivisie outfit. After a short spell with Al-Jazira in Abu Dhabi, where he guided them to a third place finish, the 44 year old returned to his homeland to take up the position of the Dutch U17’s boss.
The installation proved a huge success after leading them to 2011 and 2012 European Championship triumphs. Then, he stepped up to U21 level.
However, Stuivenberg has now ended his year-long association with the U21s, unbeaten in his time in charge, to link up with Van Gaal at Old Trafford.
Apparent United target and World Cup sensation, Depay had worked wonders under Stuivenberg in U21 European qualification and United fans will be hoping he can haul a growth in United youth too, developing players like Januzaj, Powell, Lingard, Zaha, Wilson and Lawrence.