Franz Beckenbauer hailed Louis van Gaal as one of the world’s best coaches and the ‘perfect’ fit for Manchester United because of his experience, ambition and personality.

German icon Beckenbauer watched from close quarters as Van Gaal won the double with Bayern Munich in 2010, only missing out on the Champions League trophy in the final against Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan.

‘He would be perfect for Man United because he is an internationally experienced coach and he understands English football,’ said the Bayern legend, who served the club as captain, manager and president.

‘I don’t know if it’s a rumour or if they’re really trying to sign him but if they agree with Louis I think it would be a good part of the future. He won a lot of titles so he is experienced and he is ambitious. He has the personality. He has everything.’

As for Van Gaal’s reputation for arrogance, which played a part in his exit from Bayern in 2011, Beckenbauer admitted: ‘If you ask him a stupid question then it can be that his answer is a bit arrogant, but if you treat him with respect, then respect comes back to you.

‘I like him. He was also very successful with Bayern Munich. In the end there was a little discussion about the way he was handling his job so that’s why they went separate ways — but for me he’s one of the best coaches in the world.’ – Daily Mail