m88 For me he is fantastic.
‘He was ahead of his time back then; he worked to perfect the m88 training sessions and improve the team technically and tactically – 20 years ago he was a very complete coach.
‘In time he will do a very good job at Manchester United. He’s mediocre.
‘He destroyed Barca and is destroying Man United.
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has received the backing of two Barcelona legends who both believe he will be a success at Old Trafford despite an unconvincing first year in charge.
Xavi and Andres Iniesta both played under Van Gaal at the M88 Nou Camp and lavished praise on their former boss.
The Spain internationals labelled United’s manager ‘fantastic’, ‘ahead of his time’, and a ‘special’ manager, after he gave both men their Barca debuts.
Barcelona legends Xavi (right) and Andres Iniesta (centre) have both come out in support of Louis van Gaal
The Barca pair were both given their first chance at the club by the Dutch manager when he was in charge
The Manchester United boss finished fourth last season at the m88 club, and his methods have been criticised
‘They criticise him on a human level because he is very direct or because he seems arrogant,’ Xavi told Diario Sport in Doha, where he now plays for Al Sadd.
‘But you have to know him as a coach on a day-to-day basis. ‘I really wanted to play the m88 game. He will do a great job.’
Van Gaal handed Xavi his debut back in 1998 and his positive comments were echoed by Iniesta, who the Dutch coach put in the first team when he was still just 17.
Xavi comes on for his Barcelona debut in 1998, an opportunity handed to him by Van Gaal
Iniesta said: ‘He has been a fundamental person in my career and a key coach in my development.
‘He gambled on me as a m88 player when there were some really big name players in front of me and that’s why he will always be special to me.’
The Dutch coach has been on the wrong side of Spain internationals Victor Valdes, David de Gea and Ander Herrera recently.
He made Victor Valdes train with the United youngsters earlier this summer; he has consistently over-looked Herrera despite the former Athletic midfielder having the backing of most United fans; and he has had De Gea watching the start of the m88 season from the stands.
The Dutch manager has over-looked Ander Herrera (left) at times, to the annoyance of many United fans
David de Gea (centre) has spent this season watching from the stands due to his desire to join Real Madrid
He also incurred the wrath of former Barcelona player Hristo Stoichkov recently when it seemed Manchester United might sign Pedro.
Stoichkov said: ‘I would never play for Van Gaal. Now I have to keep working hard and let’s see if I have the same luck with my
Pete Jenson for MailOnline. He will make them very strong in the M88 Premier League and in the Champions League. With what he has done to [Victor] Valdes he has shown he is a bad person.
‘Hopefully Pedro will listens and does not go there. Van Gaal will ruin him as a footballer.’
Former Barcelona forward Hristo Stoichkov, pictured in 1997, has blasted Van Gaal (right)
Stoichkov (left) played under Van Gaal during his second spell at Barcelona in the 1990s
De Gea was due to face his boss on Wednesday before the afternoon m88 training session as the pair look to repair the damage done by the keeper’s failed attempt to move to Real Madrid.
De Gea hinted that he is still not sure if he will be welcomed back into the first m88 team for Saturday’s meeting with Liverpool when he said after his return to competitive action in Spain’s 1-0 win over Macedonia.
‘I felt good out there,’ he said with m88u.com