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Kamara: Van Gaal to get best from Manchester United players

| 13.08.2014

Manchester United’s stars will have no choice but to adapt to Louis van Gaal’s methods and that, ultimately, will make them better players.

That is according to Ladbrokes ambassador Chris Kamara who has been impressed with the Red Devils’ pre-season form and believes Van Gaal’s favoured 3-5-2 formation could mean an improvement in the players already at Old Trafford.

United have been linked with a number of centre backs this summer, with Mats Hummels and Thomas Vermaelen high on the list, but Kamara, who adopted the 3-5-2 when in charge of Bradford and Stoke, pointed at the form of Ron Vlaar at the World Cup as evidence of how the system can bring the best out of people.

“It’s a good system, it’s a good system if the centre-halves know what they are doing,” he said.

“Holland played it and Vlaar was outstanding. It made him look a better player … It won’t be a problem at all, Manchester United have good enough players to adjust to any system the manager wants to play.”

Kamara believes that player power will not be a factor at Old Trafford under Van Gaal, saying that unlike Argentina, who adapted their style at the behest of Lionel Messi in Brazil, the Dutchman knows what he wants and will stick to his guns.

“It’s going to be a situation where he says: ‘this is how I want you to play’. Louis van Gaal has a track record of getting the best out of top players and I don’t think that is going to change,” he added.

United, who are 5/1 to land the Premier League this year, go into their season opener with Swansea as heavy 1/3 favourites having won all five of their pre-season fixtures, and look destined for a flying start under the uncompromising Dutchman.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.