Tuesday July 8th, 2014

According to former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, new United manager Louis van Gaal has a “touch of genius” about him, and will improve the 20-time champions "up to 25 percent," The Guardian reports.

Scholes, who played his entire career with Manchester United and is waiting to hear if he will be offered a coaching role at the club, feels that van Gaal has been able to succeed at the World Cup with Netherlands despite what he views as an unexceptional Dutch squad. 

“Right now, Manchester United fans and myself cannot wait for Louis van Gaal to get the job started at Old Trafford," Scholes told Paddy Power. "It’s not a vintage Holland team he’s managing and Van Gaal has got them to the brink of a World Cup final. He’s going to have to perform a similar operation at United after a shocking season in 2013/2014.

More from The Guardian:

"Van Gaal is not afraid of big decisions, which he showed by bringing on the Newcastle keeper Tim Krul for the Dutch No1, Jasper Cillessen, for the penalty shootout against Costa Rica [in the quarter-final]. Krul had saved only two out of the last 20 penalties with Newcastle. The evidence did not seem to be there for that big a decision"

"But whatever Louis van Gaal does, seems to work. He substituted his captain, Robin van Persie, when Holland were 1-0 down to Mexico and they came back to win. He seems to have a bit of genius about him, and hopefully can work this magic on United next year."

Manchester United finished seventh in the premier league under manager David Moyes last season, 22 points behind champions and rival Manchester City.

Van Gaal’s Oranje play Argentina on Wednesday in the second World Cup semi-final. ​

--Sarah Barshop

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