It is no hidden fact that the Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal shares a soft spot for his Dutch compatriots, and Danny Blind, the present new boss for the Netherlands National squad was one of them. The ex-Ajax player was invited by the Manchester United boss to join his team, but he rejected the offer, so that he could work for the Dutch side.

He has succeeded Gus Hiddink, who left the post recently, as the boss of the Dutch National team. He was quoted saying- “I had a fantastic offer from Manchester United. There were talks about United and Van Gaal a couple of times last year, but I rejected that.”

“If you have ambition, what is more beautiful than becoming manager of your country?”

Netherlands, though are in a tough spot for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, as they are stuck at the third position in their group. But the father of the United boy, Daley Blind, is confident that they’ll play at France next year. When asked their chances, “Do I feel confident about qualifying?” Blind said. “We know what we have to do: win four matches, starting with Iceland on Sept 3.

“We can’t afford to lose any more games. But with our quality we are more than able to do it.

“And in September we will hopefully have some ‘new’ players, with Arjen Robben coming back to fitness and maybe Kevin Strootman.

“Euro 2016 is our only goal. I don’t look further forward than that and I don’t look back.

“I can’t say what I want to change yet. These are things I want to discuss with my staff and the important players first”, according to the Telegraph.


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