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'Great things are going to happen at United'

ESPN staff
June 22, 2014
Dirk Kuyt watches on as Robin van Persie and Louis van Gaal celebrate the Netherlands' opening goal against Spain © AP

Netherlands striker Dirk Kuyt believes "great things are going to happen at Manchester United" next season as Louis van Gaal and Robin van Persie team up at club level.

Van Gaal takes over at Old Trafford after the World Cup and Kuyt, a popular figure during a six-year spell at United's rivals Liverpool, says he will lead them back to winning ways after finishing at a Premier League-era low of seventh last year.

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The Fenerbahce forward also tips international team-mate Van Persie to once again play a leading role - just as he did when United lifted the title in Sir Alex Ferguson's final season as manager in 2012-13.

"I think Robin van Persie is an amazing player," he said. "He has shown that at United.

"Unfortunately he was injured too many times last season but I'm sure that, with Van Gaal and Robin together, great things are going to happen United.

"Van Gaal has an open style of management. He has a clear idea of what footballers need in training and outside of training. If you want something to change, his door is open - but you have to have a very good argument."

He said Van Gaal treated his players "as adults" and his thoughts were echoed by Netherlands assistant coach Patrick Kluivert, who said: "He is a leader."

He added: "But you also have to have communication with the players, because they have to do what he wants - and he is a good communicator."

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