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Van Gaal On His Unorthodox Career

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal spoke out about his career and that he’s not a Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger type of manager.

Van Gaal has never been at a club for longer than six years as head coach during his 24-year-old career. Ferguson spent just over 26 years at United and Wenger has been at Arsenal since 1996.

“I was in Ajax eight years in a row [at the start of the 1990s; the first two years as assistant manager],” van Gaal told The Guardian. “That was a very long time for the position I had, trainer-coach of Ajax. At that time I was young and I wanted more.

“I take that challenge so it’s also dependent on your character, what do you want. I want always more. I have set my aims always in advance. It’s the same thing what I’m doing now. I have said in advance I want to coach the Dutch team. I was invited [to do so]. I want to go back to the Netherlands another time as national coach, I want to go to Germany. I set aims, and I was very lucky, I think, that clubs or national teams want me. Arsène Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson are other types, I think.”

The Dutchman also took time to speak about Ashley Young, and he had a lot of praise for the versatile Englishman.

“Ashley Young is very important, is a team player,” van Gaal said. “Not many players are actually team players. He is always thinking about the team. He can play in a lot of positions. For a trainer-coach, manager, it is fantastic that he is willing to do that. Because yesterday [Wednesday] he came in as a right full-back – he didn’t play so much [before] there, I believe. But it starts with him, the second goal. So it was very important that he played there in the second half. I am very happy with him – he accepts his role, that’s also important.”

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