Manchester United are said to have around 800 million fans worldwide. So when it comes to supporting a country at the world cup Red Devils are as diverse as they come. But this year it is different. United appointed Netherlands Louis van Gaal as their manager.
With Louis van Gaal yet to take charge at United, fans are eager to see him at the World Cup. For United fans, the Netherlands, Spain match offers an insight into van Gaal's style of football. After David Moyes, United supporters are eager to see LvG instill an attacking mentality in the Old Trafford side, and will get a glimpse of his philosophy when Robin van Persie takes to the field against Spain's number one, Iker Casillas.
The Dutch are eager to avenge their loss to Spain in the finals of the 2010 World Cup and have had a terrific lead up to Brazil. The Oranje have a young squad, while Spain relies on experience. The likes of Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben are used to the big stage, but an inexperienced back line could prove to be the Achilles' heel for van Gaal. With a number of Dutch players linked with a move to Old Trafford courtesy Louis van Gaal, United fans will also be focusing on Daley Blind, Bruno Martins Indi, Memphis Depay and others.
A number of these young stars are on United's radar with the national coach seemingly inclined to take them to Manchester. In Salvador, van Gaal's team would be hoping to rectify the errors of the 2010 final. The Dutch have never won the World Cup, and while there is a long way to go for the 14th July Rio final, a good showing against the current champions will give the Oranje just the momentum they need.