Following criticism from Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, Louis van Gaal has underlined that he has the last word on the Netherlands’ tactics.

Center-back for the Reds Van Dijk is back to his best for his nation following a period of inactivity during a vital period. Indeed, his major knee injury prevented him from competing in Euro 2020, even though his team reached the last 16.

Additionally, he has returned to the fold while the squad undergoes transformation.

After Euro 2020, Frank de Boer stepped down as manager, allowing ex-Manchester United manager Van Gaal to begin his third tenure in command of the Netherlands.

Van Dijk, as his country’s captain, was eager to speak out about his country’s growth under Van Gaal’s new tenure following Saturday’s 4-2 friendly victory over Denmark.

The 30-year-old stated that he favored a 4-3-3 formation over Van Gaal’s 3-4-1-2 configuration.

However, speaking via the Daily Mirror, Van Gaal hit back at the defender, insisting that “the manager decides the tactics”.

He said: “I know he has that preference, he always said this publicly.

“We already had this debate when I came here. The manager decides the tactics.”

Saturday’s victory against Denmark extended the Netherlands’ undefeated record to eight matches during Van Gaal’s current tenure.

They have another difficult friendly against Germany on Tuesday before the Nations League begins.


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