Barcelona defender backs Louis van Gaal to succeed at Manchester United

He comes into the job, taking over a Manchester United squad that finished in seventh place in the Premier League last season under David Moyes. But now even some of the World’s best players are tipping new United manager Louis van Gaal to succeed at Old Trafford. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is the latest star name to openly back Louis van Gaal.

Gerard Pique himself spent four-years at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson, believes that his former coach will do a ‘brilliant’ job at Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League.

Speaking with reporters he said:

“I think he will be great”

“I didn’t know him a lot because I was really young when he was Barcelona’s coach, but he had a really good relationship with my grandfather, the former vice-president of the club.

“I had the chance to see him one day at my grandfather’s house when I was 12 or 13 years old. He arrived at the house and he knew I was playing for the Barcelona youth team.

“He pushed me and I fell to the floor, and he said ‘you are not tough enough to be a centre-back’. So, yes, he really is a disciplinarian, and I think he will do brilliantly here.”

Louis van Gaal has had a great start to things at Manchester United, running a successful pre-season thus far. United face Spanish giants Real Madrid on Saturday in a game that is sold out to more than 110,000 fans.