The 64-year-old Dutchman has promised his wife that he will retire from the game in 2017, when his three year Man United contract comes to a close, but believes he is a good judge and developer of youthful talent.
‘I believe I have a very good eye for young talent. I am a trainer-coach who believes in youth,’
‘When you see my career, you can see a lot of youngsters come through and when I’m not there, you have the guards of the club culture.’
‘At Barcelona, Xavi captain, Iniesta captain, Valdes captain. For 10 years they were the backbone of the club and the culture. At Bayern Munich, it was the same with Muller, Alaba, Badstuber,’ he said of the players he blooded.
‘Maybe when I am gone, Shaw shall be the guard of the culture. Or Januzaj. Or Martial, but first he has to speak the language!’ van Gaal added.
Van Gaal guided Man United to a top four finish in his debut season in charge and will hope his side can push on and challenge for major honours in 2015/16, especially given the vast sums he has spent on new recruits.