Former Manchester United assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg has revealed how little Louis van Gaal actually worked as the manager of the club.
Stuivenberg, who was previously a part of Louis van Gaal’s coaching unit that managed the Netherlands National Team, following the decorated manager to Manchester United for his disappointing two-year spell in English football.
Whilst in-charge at Old Trafford, Van Gaal helped United secure 4th and 5th-placed finishes in the Premier League, and only led them to winning one piece of silverware – the 2016 FA Cup, following which he was prematurely sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho.
And now, almost 8 months after the Dutchman’s departure, his assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg has given some behind-the-scenes information regarding the division of labour during LVG’s Manchester United spell.
He revealed (via Mirror): “The role Louis gave me at Old Trafford was unique. It was extraordinary that he gave me so much responsibility. He gave me his complete trust.
“At United, I was doing the training sessions for the selected first team before games. I was fully in charge. I was doing all the pre-match team talks, and I did the post-match talk with the team and individual players.”
However, Stuivenberg, who is currently in-charge at Belgian club Genk, remains grateful to Van Gaal for developing him and providing him with some crucial experience.
“Louis gave me the opportunity to develop myself at the top level and lead in so many ways,” he continued.
“Why do I rate Van Gaal? Because he’s a man who can judge if you have quality or not. We had a great rapport when we worked together for the Dutch FA when Louis was national coach and I was coach of the Under-21 side. From there, Louis decided to take me to United. I consider that a major compliment, because Van Gaal was someone who had made his mark in the world of international football.”