Louis van Gaal looking to duplicate Dutch success at Manchester United 

by Soccerly on Jul.13.2014
  1. Louis van Gaal is hoping he can replicate the team spirit that took the Netherlands to third place at the World Cup when he arrives at Manchester United.

    Van Gaal said he was "proud" of the way the Netherlands performed in Brazil, despite seeing them fall just short at a World Cup once again.

    And he admitted to feeling some satisfaction at leaving with a bronze medal having claimed that FIFA should never have sanctioned Saturday's match in the first place.

    "We scored 15 goals in seven matches and conceded four, two of which came from penalties that were unjustly rewarded. I think we can look back on a successful tournment and I am proud of my players and staff," said van Gaal, whose team opened their campaign with a stunning 5-1 defeat of holders Spain.

    They comfortably beat Brazil despite playing their semi-final - which went all the way to penalties - on Wednesday, 24 hours after the hosts lost 7-1 to Germany.

    "I have not changed my mind. This game should never have been played and it is not easy within three days to build up a squad. I think we were fantastic."

    He leaves the squad in good hands as they turn their attentions towards the next European Championship in France in 2016 with Hiddink at the helm.

    He went against the Dutch tradition of playing a 4-3-3 formation and used a 3-5-2 system in Brazil, which made them so strong defensively that they conceded just one goal in their last five matches.

    Now he hopes his success will "open eyes" at home and make people realise that there are other ways to win matches.

    "My dream was to become a world champion and we could have done it. This was my last match and we finish it with a medal, but it was also important to display a new style of football.

    "I heard the new coach say he wants to play the Dutch way, but I have always played the Dutch way.

    "Maybe this will open everyone's eyes in the Netherlands and make them realise there is not just one system that can give people happiness.

    "I prefer to use the qualities of the squad, and it worked. We were not champions, but we were very close."

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