Louis van Gaal’s mad moments from punching Ryan Giggs, to hilarious Manchester United touchline dive, and ‘horny’ players as he bids to win World Cup with Netherlands

    Louis van Gaal is one of the most decorated and experienced managers around and we can’t wait to see what he does at the World Cup.

    The tournament will be all the richer from the fact that he will be leading the Netherlands in Qatar.

    Van Gaal is in his third spell as Netherlands manager

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    Van Gaal is in his third spell as Netherlands manager

    It hasn’t even started yet and he has already told journalists that he selected the squad numbers based on age. We’ve got to be honest, we don’t quite believe him even though he insisted he was not joking.

    That’s what happens when the 71-year-old is around – expect an unpredictable, funny and downright bizarre ride.

    During his more than 900 matches as a manager, he has won just about everything at club level.

    But the one thing that has eluded him, and the Netherlands, is success on the international stage.

    Van Gaal is in his third spell in charge of his home nation. First in 2000 but then stepped down when he failed to make the 2002 World Cup.

    He returned in 2012 and led them to a fourth place finish at the 2014 tournament and now he is back again.

    Van Gaal led the Netherlands to the World Cup semi-final in 2014

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    Van Gaal led the Netherlands to the World Cup semi-final in 2014

    In between those spells for the Netherlands he has enjoyed brilliant success at Ajax and Barcelona, while also winning the FA Cup with Manchester United.

    He returned from retirement last year to take the reins with the national side again and is still unbeaten.

    What makes it all the more remarkable that he is even at the World Cup as he has been receiving treatment for prostate cancer.

    Before he took the job in August last year, he had 25 radiotherapy sessions. He took training sessions with a catheter and colostomy bag under his tracksuit, and would also slip out of training camp at night to go to hospital.

    In April, he announced that treatment had been successful. Now he will hope to inspire the Netherlands to World Cup success, first up is Senegal before games against Ecuador and Qatar.

    It’s always blockbuster stuff when Van Gaal is in the dugout, and here at talkSPORT.com we’ve picked out some of our favourite moments.

    Van Gaal spent two seasons as Man United manager

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    Van Gaal spent two seasons as Man United manager

    Dropping his trousers

    While at Bayern Munich, Van Gaal wanted to assert his dominance and show he wasn’t afraid of benching any player.

    So naturally, he dropped his trousers right in front of all the players.

    Italian striker Luca Toni revealed: “The coach wanted to make clear to us that he can drop any player.

    “It was all the same to him because, as he said, he had the balls.

    “He demonstrated this literally by dropping his trousers. I have never experienced anything like it, it was totally crazy.

    “Luckily I didn’t see a lot, because I wasn’t in the front row.”

    Van Gaal shocked his Bayern Munich players when he dropped his trousers

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    Van Gaal shocked his Bayern Munich players when he dropped his trousers

    Sex references

    Van Gaal also has a penchant for making bizarre sex references during his interviews, particularly on two occasions while Manchester United manager.

    The Dutchman gave some bizarre advice to his squad when his side were trailing 2-1 to Midtjylland in the Europa League.

    He said: “Most of the players shall be excited and it will be the match of their lives for most of them.

    “It’s always the reason I say that top teams have to cope with the resistance of their opponent.

    “Desire, hungry, I use a lot of terms. I often use the word horny.”

    He also weirdly mentioned ‘sex masochism’ when talking about an incident when Leicester’s Robert Huth pulled the hair of Marouane Fellaini.

    Van Gaal has won just about everything at club level

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    Van Gaal has won just about everything at club level

    “When you see what Huth is doing to Fellaini, that’s a penalty,” Van Gaal told reporters. “Shall I grab you by the hair? What is your reaction when I grab your hair?

    “Your hair is shorter than Fellaini but, when I do that, what are you doing then? It’s a reaction.

    “Every human being who is grabbed by the hair, only with sex masochism, then it is allowed but not in other situations.”

    ‘Mike’ Smalling

    Chris Smalling was given the honour of being named third captain of Manchester United for the 2015/16 season, only for Van Gaal to get his name wrong.

    Wayne Rooney was skipper of the side with Michael Carrick the vice-captain.

    “The third captain is…” said Van Gaal with Smalling sitting beside him. “Mr. Mike Smalling.”

    Van Gaal called Smalling ‘Mike’ during a press conference

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    Van Gaal called Smalling ‘Mike’ during a press conference

    Rattled by Big Sam

    Then West Ham manager Sam Allardyce managed to full get under the skin of Van Gaal when saying he was resorting to long ball football.

    Well the Dutchman didn’t take too kindly to that and sought about proving him wrong.

    He printed off dozens of A4 sheets of paper to illustrate how wrong Big Sam was, and handed them out to journalists.

    He said: “Because I expected this question, I have made an interpretation of the data for this game and then I have to say that it is not a good interpretation from Big Sam.

    “You have to look at the data and then you will see that we did play long balls, but long balls wide rather than to the striker.”

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    Touchline dive

    Perhaps his defining moment as Manchester United manager was his hilarious dive on the touchline at Old Trafford.

    During a match against Arsenal, he was furious that referee Craig Pawson had missed a dive from Alexis Sanchez.

    He then threw himself to the floor to illustrate his point, while Mike Dean, the fourth official, watched on in bemusement.

    Van Gaal’s touchline dive is iconic

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    Van Gaal’s touchline dive is iconic

    Punching Giggs

    Ryan Giggs revealed the welcome he got from Van Gaal when he first joined Manchester United.

    Speaking on Jamie Carragher’s Greatest Game podcast, he said: “He was different. He was very dominating. The first time I met him he punched me in the stomach.

    “I’ve gone to meet him, we’ve got a list of players that I think were good and the ones that were not so good.

    The Dutchman punched Giggs in the stomach on their first meeting

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    The Dutchman punched Giggs in the stomach on their first meeting

    “I’ve gone to meet him a hotel, he’s opened the door, looked me up and down and gone, ‘you are in good shape!’ Then he punched me in the stomach.

    “It was hard as well and I didn’t know what to do. You could have given something back but that’s me out of a job.”

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