A couple of days ago, manager and coach Louis van Gaal announced his retirement from management. The Dutchman managed European superpowers in his time, which included the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich and his last managerial stint came at Old Trafford where he left last season after securing the Old Trafford outfit that elusive FA Cup.
Despite having his fair share of critics in the past few years and not finding astounding success everywhere, the fact remains that van Gaal is one of the greatest coaches of the modern era and should be respected and remembered as such.
From the likes of Luis Figo to Dennis Bergkamp, the 65-year-old has managed some of the biggest names in football and here, we make a combined XI of his best players ever, and much like the man loved, this team is in a 3-5-2 formation:
Goalkeeper: Edwin van der Sar
One of the easiest choices on this list, the legendary keeper was part of Ajax’s golden generation of players when van Gaal took over the club in 1991 and he won the Champions League under the manager.
van der Sar is one of the greatest keepers of this era and his shot stopping abilities are still talked about by fans. Although most famously remembered for his stint with Manchester United, the Dutchman was a brilliant keeper with Ajax and is arguably the greatest keeper van Gaal has ever managed and developed.
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