Edwin Van Der Sar Claims Louis Van Gaal Is Better Than Sir Alex Ferguson

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2014

Edwin Van Der Sar, center, former Ajax and Manchester United goalkeeper looks on from the stands ahead of the Champions League Group H soccer match between Celtic and Ajax at Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday Oct. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Manchester United goalkeeping legend Edwin van der Sar has fully endorsed his former club's courting of Louis van Gaal, saying he is the best coach he has ever worked under.

David McDonnell of the Mirror reported on the Dutchman's comments and his glowing endorsement of the current Netherlands' national team manager. 

McDonnell quotes Van der Sar, now a director of Van Gaal's former club Ajax, saying: "I will say more about Louis and United once his appointment is official. But I have made it clear here before that Louis van Gaal is the best manager I have ever played for."


Van der Sar's comments might surprise some football fans who view Sir Alex Ferguson as the greatest manager of all time. However, Van Gaal has a stellar CV having won almost every trophy in the game.

The coach has won seven major domestic league titles across Netherlands, Spain and Germany, and has also won the Champions League, UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup twice, per ESPN FC.

His achievement cannot be denied and he is one of the great coaches of the modern era.

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Van Gaal is in talks with United over the manager's job after the sacking of David Moyes, with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss' current employers confirming talks have taken place. 

The Dutch Football Federation's Kees Jansma confirmed, per McDonnell: "I spoke to Louis on Friday. He told me nothing is definite yet. However, there is something going on, but he expects that not until somewhere this week he can tell more."

Van der Sar's comments will be interesting to the Glazer family as they look to find a way of salvaging United's immediate future after a disastrous 10 months under Moyes. 

MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 28:  Head coach of AC Milan Leonardo, head coach of Bayern Louis van Gaal, head coach of Boca Juniors Alfio Basile and head coach of Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson attend the press conference during the Audi Cup 2009 at the Wes
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Of course, the former goalkeeper's words are not a swipe at Ferguson, for whom he played in three Champions League finals, but a ringing endorsement of a man many consider as one of the coaching greats.

Van Gaal would add stability to United just at a time when the club need it. With a busy transfer window ahead it is imperative that United have a strong coaching setup with a blend of experience and youth.

With the class of '92 pupils adding a connection to the past, Van Gaal can carry on Ferguson's work in a way that Moyes never could. He is a winner and a leader, and the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes could learn a lot from him in their own first steps into coaching. 

The next few months are vital for the Old Trafford club as they prepare for one of their most important campaigns in living memory.

If they are able to bring Van Gaal to the club, they will already have made great strides before a ball is kicked next season.