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Van Gaal does it in Fergie time

Manchester United fans might have just been given a taste of what's to come in the future, after the World Cup in Brazil has shocked us all once again due to a spectacular ending to another match, Mexico vs Holland.

Although most of the match showed signs of being a definite one goal affair, because of a lack of chances, Dos Santos finally got his first goal of the tournament with a brilliant effort from range. Holland pressed from the moment the ball left the centre circle after the restart and looked almost certain to level but Claudio Bravo, the Mexican goalkeeper, tried his best to prevent this from happening and was so close to doing so by pulling off some outstanding saves until the inevitable happened. In the 88th minute Wesley Sneijder rifled a shot, which no goalkeeper in the world would have been able to stop, into the bottom corner of the Mexicans' goal. A deflated Mexican side restarted play and almost seemed to be mentally preparing themselves for another 30 minutes of football in the sweltering heat of Fortaleza, before the maestro Arjen Robben skipped through the Mexican defence only to be fouled before he could strike the ball. Klaas Jan Huntelaar stepped up to do what looks to be the hardest task in football but had no problems from 12 yards as he smashed the ball into the corner of the goal and sent Holland through to the quarter finals of the World Cup after staring elimination in the face just 6 minutes before.

A goal in the 94th minute to win a game can be described in many ways, breathtaking, heartbreaking, lucky, unlucky but the way I chose to describe it would be something Manchester United fans will be loving to see. In the 1999 Champions League final Manchester United were staring defeat in the face in the 90th minute when 2 late goals won them the match in what is now known as Fergie time. Seeing Van Gaal being able to motivate his players to overcome virtually the same task as Alex Ferguson's side did in '99 can only bring happiness to Manchester United fans around the world after a clearly disappointing season under Moyes. How Van Gaal's Holland side progress in this tournament could have a huge effect on how his first season at Manchester United goes, as confidence is a huge factor in football just as respect is and Hollands performance at this World Cup can only be respected by players and fans of all teams. Holland have a huge chance of going far in this World Cup which can only mean good things for fans of Manchester United.