How the World Cup Has Made Louis Van Gaal a Better Manager

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How the World Cup Has Made Louis Van Gaal a Better Manager
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With a trophy cabinet filled with prizes won at prestigious clubs like Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, it was always obvious that Louis van Gaal was a competent manager.

Therefore, the Dutchman's appointment as new Manchester United manager was generally greeted with positive judgments. Here was a man with bags of experience and a proven record of success.

Back then, it was expected that the Netherlands, Van Gaal's current employer, would not be at the World Cup for very long. They were in a group with Chile and reigning world champions Spain. What's more, their squad was young and inexperienced. 

But immediately in the first group game, a stunning 5-1 victory against Spain, the Dutch defied expectations. Now in the quarter-final, their campaign has been a big success so far. 

The Netherlands will face Costa Rica on Saturday. If they manage to win that match, who knows what will happen next? 

But the Netherlands' success is not the only thing. The World Cup has also made Louis van Gaal into a better manager. And that is something for fans of Manchester United to be excited about.

Here, we take a look at how the Dutch boss has improved. 

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