Watch ex-Man Utd boss Louis Van Gaal’s touching moment with young journalist

NETHERLANDS boss Louis van Gaal hugged a young journalist who halted a press conference to tell him he is a big fan.

Former Manchester United manager Van Gaal was gearing up for today’s World Cup clash against Ecuador at the Khalifa International Stadium.


Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal was moved by a young reporterCredit: Getty
Louis van Gaal gave a hug to the young reporter after he told him he is a big fan


Louis van Gaal gave a hug to the young reporter after he told him he is a big fan

During the pre-match press conference, young reporter Papa Mahmoud Gueye got to ask a question that moved the hard Dutchman.

Gueye revealed he had no question for the former Barcelona and Ajax manager.

Instead, he wanted to take the opportunity to tell the 71-year-old tactician he has been a big fan of his since the age of three.

Gueye told Van Gaal: “I’m a young journalist, who has just started.

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“I don’t have any question for you, it’s just the opportunity to tell you how I’m a fan of you since [I was] three years old.”

Van Gaal was absolutely flattered by Gueye’s beautiful words ahead of a challenging clash that could seal a place in the Last 16 for the Netherlands.

The ex-Bayern Munich boss was so moved that he told him he was going to give him a “big hug” at the end of the press conference.

Van Gaal responded: “I want to give you a big hug.


“Because I like that you say this and I mean that seriously. That does not happen often.

“So we’ll give each other a big hug afterwards.”

Van Gaal kept his word as he met Gueye at the end of the press conference and gave him a big hug while the rest of the press in attendance gave them a huge applause.

The reporter then shared a selfie video of him and the Dutch head coach in which he used a famous phrase from his time at United.

Gueye said: “Louis van Gaal’s army.” And Van Gaal responded: “You are in my army.”