Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal is better than Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, insists one of the Dutchman's former stars.
Jari Litmanen was part of Ajax Amsterdam's most successful spell under Van Gaal and explained why he believes the 64-year-old is the world's best coach.
"Pep Guardiola is good and so is Jose Mourinho, but Van Gaal is the best coach in the world," Litmanen said, as quoted by Italehti.
"And everybody will agree with me when they look back in 25 years' time or so.
"It happened to me numerous times that I disagreed with something Van Gaal said and he then turned out to be right after all. Van Gaal was pretty much always right.
"He is always looking for perfection and gives the players a lot of responsibility. Everybody is a bit of a coach under Van Gaal.
"I could also have joined Roma, Milan, Bayern, Atletico and Liverpool in 1999, but I picked Barcelona. Van Gaal was the best coach I ever worked with. He was demanding and honest. He saw everything."
Litmanen won 13 trophies at Ajax, among them five Eredivisie titles and one Champions League, as well as five titles during a later spell at Liverpool.
Do you agree with Litmanen that Van Gaal is a better coach than Mourinho and Guardiola?