Jaap Stam backs Manchester United to win titles under Louis van Gaal.

Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam is convinced Louis van Gaal will deliver trophies at Old Trafford, and has backed the Red Devils to compete for the Premier League title next season.

The United legend was a key member of Sir Alex Ferguson's side that sealed major titles, including the historic Treble triumph in 1998/99.

However, the former Ducth defender Stam has backed Van Gaal to flourish in England, as he expects the Reds to challenge for next season's title.

"Louis van Gaal is a great builder of a team; he’s proven that in Munich and Barcelona," Stam told ManUtd.com.

"He knows what to do, he’s got his own thing that he wants to do, he keeps following that and that’s why he’s had success. In terms of next season, if he can bring in a couple of new players and carry on working with the youngsters, telling them what to do and showing them videos, he’s going to win the league I think. Hopefully next season.

“He’s a manager with a lot of qualities and a great temperament; he’s done well at Barcelona, Bayern and the national team, so everyone in both England and Holland is expecting a lot of him. Everyone wants him to do well at United and to win trophies again.

“Maybe United need to defend a bit better to win the title. Chelsea didn't play the most attacking football, but they got results, and I think that’s what you need as a team and a manager. It’s good for the team and the players if you’re getting results and winning the league, so if they keep playing attacking football and don’t concede as many goals, eventually you’ll get results and win the league as well."

Stam also spoke of how important a settled defence is to a side battling for trophies.

“It’s very important to have a settled back four," explained Jaap.

"Especially at United, when you’re playing against other quality teams in Europe and in the Premier League – you need a defence with players that can be used alongside each other. They need to know what to do in certain situations so that without thinking, certain things happen and the players are helping each other.

“I’ve read and seen a couple of times that the manager is perhaps struggling to find the ideal situation in terms of a back four that can perform for a couple of seasons in a row, but the defenders are still very young and that’s something you need to think about.

"They’ve brought in some experienced, high-quality players but still have a young defence that I think needs to work together for a certain period to get maximum results. That’s how it goes in every team, if you’re building, you need time to get results.

“I think you can still be aggressive [as a defender], especially in England. Here in Holland, the referees whistle for every little thing, but in England I see tackles flying around and the referee still waves play on. You can still play very aggressively in the Premier League, which was one of my favourite things to see."


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