4 Former Players Louis Van Gaal Could Look to Bring to Manchester United
In recent years, future Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has become known for working with former footballers in his technical staff.
At the Dutch national team, to name just one example, Van Gaal currently works with his assistant Danny Blind, who is poised to stay on after Van Gaal's departure so that he can eventually take over from Van Gaal's immediate successor, Guus Hiddink.
From this perspective, Danny Blind can be regarded as a sort of student of Van Gaal. Serving as Van Gaal's assistant, Blind gets the chance to gain much-needed experience before taking on a high-profile position such as the Holland job.
At Manchester United, Ryan Giggs will function as Van Gaal's assistant. Much like Blind at the Dutch national team, the Welshman will get the chance to learn from the experienced manager. At some point in the future, Giggs could perhaps take over as first-team manager.
Apart from the appointment of Giggs and Van Gaal's assistants Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout, which former players could potentially join Van Gaal's technical staff at Manchester United?
If Louis van Gaal is looking for more former Manchester United players to function in his technical staff, then Paul Scholes would, of course, be a logical choice.
The former midfielder, regarded as an absolute legend by many Manchester United fans, already worked with Van Gaal's assistant Ryan Giggs during the latter's spell as interim-manager after Moyes' sacking in April.
Scholes, member of the so-called "class of '92," has already been linked with a position at Manchester United. A return to the club could well be on the cards.
As part of a group of former Ajax players, Jaap Stam—who was also part of Manchester United's treble-winning team in 1999—played a significant role in Ajax's so-called "Velvet Revolution": a long-term project, led by club-legend Johan Cruyff, aimed at reviving Ajax's youth academy.
These days, Jaap Stam is a first-team defensive coach at Ajax. As such, he's part of first-team manager Frank de Boer's technical staff, along with former Arsenal player Dennis Bergkamp.
In January, it was rumoured Clarence Seedorf wanted to add Stam to his technical staff at AC Milan. The move never became definitive, but should Stam be looking for a new challenge, AC Milan will not be his only option.
Having played for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, Stam is more than familiar with Manchester United's club culture. Much like Giggs, the defender could serve as a link between the club and the new manager.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy
At Manchester United, Ruud van Nistelrooy scored an amazing 150 goals in 220 appearances. Unsurprisingly, the Dutchman is still fondly remembered by United's fans.
In March, it was confirmed Van Nistelrooy would take up a coaching position at the Dutch national team when Guus Hiddink takes over from Louis van Gaal after the World Cup.
While this new job will likely be on Van Nistelrooy's mind for the upcoming year at least, a position at Manchester United at some point in the future is not unthinkable, especially considering the special bond he still seems to have with the club.
Patrick Kluivert and Louis van Gaal have known each other for a long time.
In the 1990s, it was Van Gaal who brought Kluivert into Ajax's first team. It turned out to be a wise move: Kluivert scored the winning goal in the 1995 Champions League final when he was only 18 years of age.
Later, at Barcelona, Van Gaal brought Kluivert over from AC Milan, and as manager of the Dutch national team, Van Gaal joined up with Kluivert—by now retired from football and active as a coach—once again.
Van Gaal and Kluivert seem to have a special relationship, and the reports of Kluivert becoming Van Gaal's assistant at Manchester United came as no surprise to onlookers in the Netherlands.
The question is: Now that Giggs has officially become Van Gaal's assistant, will Kluivert join Van Gaal's staff at some point in the future, perhaps to fulfil a different function?