Van Gaal ready for Burnley return 22 years on

Louis van Gaal’s Ajax at Turf Moor, a team including Edwin van der Sar (top left) and Edgar Davids (bottom row, second from left)

Louis van Gaal’s Ajax at Turf Moor, a team including Edwin van der Sar (top left) and Edgar Davids (bottom row, second from left)

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

LOUIS van Gaal may have warned his Manchester United side to beware of Burnley’s ‘long balls’ this afternoon, but he does have fond memories of his previous visit to Turf Moor.

The Clarets had just been crowned champions of the Fourth Division when Van Gaal last brought a side to Turf Moor in May 1992, for an end of season friendly with Ajax.

It was quite the glamour fixture for the Clarets, who were then a world away from the top flight.

John Francis’ goal had sealed promotion in a 2-1 victory at York City less than a month earlier.

They had started the season with a tour of southern Russia, playing games against Dynamo Stavropol and Asmaral of Kislovodsk, and following promotion Jimmy Mullen and his Burnley squad celebrated by jetting off to Bermuda following a pledge by club sponsors.

Meanwhile, Ajax were winning the UEFA Cup against Torino.

Van Gaal had been appointed as Ajax boss a year earlier, having previously served as assistant manager to Leo Beenhakker.

Asked yesterday about his previous visit to Turf Moor, Van Gaal paused to think for a few seconds before saying: “Yes, I was there!

“We won. I took over there in ’91, we won the UEFA Cup in the first season, in the second year we won the (Dutch) cup, and after the league. It was a step in the process.”

In six years as Ajax coach, Van Gaal would enjoy remarkable success. With a focus on bringing through young players, his side would progress to win the Champions League in 1995.

There were recognisable names that night at Turf Moor.

The starting line-up included Edwin van der Sar, Edgar Davids and Michael Reiziger, although it was the lesser known Ignacio Tuhuteru who scored the only goal of the game seven minutes from time.

In front of 10,746, the Burnley squad received their Fourth Division championship medals from Ajax vice president Andrew Kraan.

Van Gaal is now ready for his Turf Moor return, although his assessment of Burnley’s strengths may not have gone down well with everyone in the town.

“They will play with a lot of passion, a lot of long balls,” he said. “But you have to fight against it. It will be a very difficult game but we have to show we can play football, that we can pass the ball in spite of the pressure of Burnley.”

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9:15am Sat 30 Aug 14

owd nick says...

Best of luck to all real Burnley fans today, sincerely hope you win.

But if you don't you need to be prepared for some extremely serious urine extraction later on! :-)
Best of luck to all real Burnley fans today, sincerely hope you win. But if you don't you need to be prepared for some extremely serious urine extraction later on! :-) owd nick
  • Score: 9

9:32am Sat 30 Aug 14

Crispy Bacon says...

owd nick wrote:
Best of luck to all real Burnley fans today, sincerely hope you win.

But if you don't you need to be prepared for some extremely serious urine extraction later on! :-)
Only to be expected, Oldun. After all, whatever the result, Burnley have earned the right to play this game following their great achievement of last season so it's only natural your lot will see it as an opportunity to redress some of the balance.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Best of luck to all real Burnley fans today, sincerely hope you win. But if you don't you need to be prepared for some extremely serious urine extraction later on! :-)[/p][/quote]Only to be expected, Oldun. After all, whatever the result, Burnley have earned the right to play this game following their great achievement of last season so it's only natural your lot will see it as an opportunity to redress some of the balance. Crispy Bacon
  • Score: 10

10:08am Sat 30 Aug 14

ReluctantNicko says...

Burnley's board are a disgrace - they should be run out of town like the shysters they are!!!!!
Burnley's board are a disgrace - they should be run out of town like the shysters they are!!!!! ReluctantNicko
  • Score: -13

10:10am Sat 30 Aug 14

Crispy Bacon says...

ReluctantNicko wrote:
Burnley's board are a disgrace - they should be run out of town like the shysters they are!!!!!
Morning Barry. Another hard day's graft of inflicting doom ahead, eh?

How many accounts will you be splurging forth from today?
[quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: Burnley's board are a disgrace - they should be run out of town like the shysters they are!!!!![/p][/quote]Morning Barry. Another hard day's graft of inflicting doom ahead, eh? How many accounts will you be splurging forth from today? Crispy Bacon
  • Score: 8

10:43am Sat 30 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Crispy Bacon wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Best of luck to all real Burnley fans today, sincerely hope you win.

But if you don't you need to be prepared for some extremely serious urine extraction later on! :-)
Only to be expected, Oldun. After all, whatever the result, Burnley have earned the right to play this game following their great achievement of last season so it's only natural your lot will see it as an opportunity to redress some of the balance.
That was last season, just hope we don't finish this season with no points all. A draw would be a great result for Burnley, it would be like winning the European cup, but alas I can only see another pounding on the cards.
Sack the board
[quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Best of luck to all real Burnley fans today, sincerely hope you win. But if you don't you need to be prepared for some extremely serious urine extraction later on! :-)[/p][/quote]Only to be expected, Oldun. After all, whatever the result, Burnley have earned the right to play this game following their great achievement of last season so it's only natural your lot will see it as an opportunity to redress some of the balance.[/p][/quote]That was last season, just hope we don't finish this season with no points all. A draw would be a great result for Burnley, it would be like winning the European cup, but alas I can only see another pounding on the cards. Sack the board AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -12

10:45am Sat 30 Aug 14

Elysiumfire says...

Well, it's not been too good a start for the Clarets, with a defeat by an in-form Sheffield Wednesday, an expected defeat by Chelsea, and a disappointing defeat by a single goal at Swansea.

It's early days yet, as the cliche would have it, but Burnley could do with getting some goals, if not their first win. It would do them a whole lot of good to compete well and get their scoring talent working.

A decidedly unbalanced Man Utd come to Turf Moor today, with their new signing Di Maria expected to play. These signings Van Gaal is making may well be unsettling to the united players of last season? Many might well be wondering just how secure their jobs are, what with Wellbeck being allowed to go?

One can only hope that United's visit brings a team potentially very strong, and with formidable fire power, but not yet gelled into an organised unit.

I think there will be plenty of goals today. I just hope Burnley can bag the most, because Van Gaal will get United organised, and when that happens they will quickly run up the table...but please, not today!

UTC's!
Well, it's not been too good a start for the Clarets, with a defeat by an in-form Sheffield Wednesday, an expected defeat by Chelsea, and a disappointing defeat by a single goal at Swansea. It's early days yet, as the cliche would have it, but Burnley could do with getting some goals, if not their first win. It would do them a whole lot of good to compete well and get their scoring talent working. A decidedly unbalanced Man Utd come to Turf Moor today, with their new signing Di Maria expected to play. These signings Van Gaal is making may well be unsettling to the united players of last season? Many might well be wondering just how secure their jobs are, what with Wellbeck being allowed to go? One can only hope that United's visit brings a team potentially very strong, and with formidable fire power, but not yet gelled into an organised unit. I think there will be plenty of goals today. I just hope Burnley can bag the most, because Van Gaal will get United organised, and when that happens they will quickly run up the table...but please, not today! UTC's! Elysiumfire
  • Score: 8

10:53am Sat 30 Aug 14

Crispy Bacon says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
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wrote:
Crispy Bacon wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Best of luck to all real Burnley fans today, sincerely hope you win.

But if you don't you need to be prepared for some extremely serious urine extraction later on! :-)
Only to be expected, Oldun. After all, whatever the result, Burnley have earned the right to play this game following their great achievement of last season so it's only natural your lot will see it as an opportunity to redress some of the balance.
That was last season, just hope we don't finish this season with no points all. A draw would be a great result for Burnley, it would be like winning the European cup, but alas I can only see another pounding on the cards.
Sack the board
It doesn't matter what you pretend to 'see' since you are the world record holder in getting things catastrophically wrong. Your medication being a prime example.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Best of luck to all real Burnley fans today, sincerely hope you win. But if you don't you need to be prepared for some extremely serious urine extraction later on! :-)[/p][/quote]Only to be expected, Oldun. After all, whatever the result, Burnley have earned the right to play this game following their great achievement of last season so it's only natural your lot will see it as an opportunity to redress some of the balance.[/p][/quote]That was last season, just hope we don't finish this season with no points all. A draw would be a great result for Burnley, it would be like winning the European cup, but alas I can only see another pounding on the cards. Sack the board[/p][/quote]It doesn't matter what you pretend to 'see' since you are the world record holder in getting things catastrophically wrong. Your medication being a prime example. Crispy Bacon
  • Score: 12
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