Ronald de Boer: 'Louis van Gaal is best choice for Manchester United'

Head coach Louis van Gaal of the Netherlands reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014
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Ronald de Boer praises Louis van Gaal for masterminding the Netherlands' dramatic victory over Costa Rica in their World Cup quarter-final.

Ronald de Boer has hailed new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal for masterminding the Netherlands' victory in their World Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica.

Van Gaal sent on goalkeeper Tim Krul for Jasper Cillessen in the final seconds of extra time, and the Newcastle United stopper made two saves in the penalty shootout to send his side into the semi-finals.

Former Netherlands international De Boer believes that Van Gaal's decision shows that he is a special manager.

"It was a genius move," De Boer told talkSPORT. "Van Gaal is the best coach I ever worked with. He is the best chance for a team to have success.

"Nobody really believed in this [Netherlands] team, but I said, 'if one man can change this team, it is Louis van Gaal'. It is the same for Manchester United. Sometimes you need a bit of luck, of course, like we have had in this tournament and it will be the same at Manchester United.

"In the long term you will have success with him, but do you have the patience? He could win the Premier League title, or maybe the Champions League, but it is not really realistic, of course."

Van Gaal will take charge of United after the World Cup.

Goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen of Netherlands looks on during the International Friendly match between Netherlands and Ghana at De Kuip on May 31, 2014
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