Louis Van Gaal can renew Manchester United challenge: Bryan Robson

Jul 16 2014, 13:01 IST
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Louis Van Gaal arrives at United on a wave of hope and expectation following his Dutch team's performance at the World Cup. (AP) Louis Van Gaal arrives at United on a wave of hope and expectation following his Dutch team's performance at the World Cup. (AP)
SummaryManchester United finished a lowly seventh in the Premier League last season under David Moyes.

New manager Louis van Gaal can propel Manchester United back into Premier League contention after their dismal form of last season and excite the players again, former United skipper Bryan Robson said on Tuesday.

Robson, speaking a day before the Netherlands' World Cup coach Van Gaal arrives in Manchester to take up his new post, also said that the lack of European football at Old Trafford could help the team back to the top.

"You could see Holland were very well organised in the World Cup and there was discipline. Hopefully, he can bring that to Manchester. I think he will," Robson told BBC Sport.

"They can bounce back straight away. His CV is great. He's got great experience with top clubs and top players."

United finished a lowly seventh in the Premier League last season - 22 points behind champions Manchester City - under former Everton boss David Moyes who replaced long-standing manager Alex Ferguson.

"A lot of the players let themselves down (last season) and didn't perform the way they had under Sir Alex," said Robson, who spent 13 years at United and earned the nickname "Captain Marvel" for his driving performances in midfield.

"They will be up for the challenge and will be excited by the new coach."

The lack of European football, while disappointing, could also be beneficial to United, who failed to qualify for either this season's Champions League or Europa League, he said.

"The players get a bit more rest and you don't get as many injuries," he said. "That can also be a real advantage."

Van Gaal arrives at United on a wave of hope and expectation following his Dutch team's performance at the World Cup, where they finished third with the 62-year-old's reputation greatly enhanced.

He was heavily criticised when he changed Dutch tactics and ditched the traditional attacking style on the eve of the Brazil tournament.

In a country obsessed with playing possession football, the decision to adopt a defensive approach, with emphasis on swift counter-attacks, was tantamount to heresy but Van Gaal was eventually proved right - after getting his senior players to buy into his belief.

"He had everyone believing in the tactical changes and the fact it would work for us," said Wesley Sneijder on the team's return home this week. "Our success in the tournament was a lot about the coach."

There were few detractors by the end of the World Cup as the Dutch battled their way to the

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