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The 11 superstars given their debut by Van Gaal

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Van Gaal's best talents. AFP/EFE

The 11 superstars given their debut by Van Gaal

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Louis Van Gaal has retired from football, and in his long and successful career, he handed debuts to a whole host of players who went on to become international superstars. We take a look at a possible starting XI made up of them...

Victor Valdes

The Spanish goalkeeper was handed his debut by Van Gaal aged just 20.


Carles Puyol

The Dutch manager gave Barcelona's long-standing captain his debut at 21.


Holger Badstuber 

Only injuries got in the way of the German defender becoming one of the best of his generation. Van Gaal gave him his Bayern debut aged 20.


David Alaba

The Austrian left-back was given his debut aged just 17.


Xavi Hernandez

The legendary Barcelona central midifelder made his debut at the age of 18.


Edgar Davids

The Dutch midfielder, famous for his protective goggles, was given his Ajax debut at 18.


Jesse Lingard

The English winger had to wait a while for his debut, which came at the age of 21 under Van Gaal.


Clarence Seedorf

The legendary Ajax and AC Milan midfielder was only 16 when Van Gaal handed him his debut.


Andres Iniesta

Van Gaal gave the technically-gifted attacking midfielder his debut at the age of 18.


Patrick Kluivert

The Dutch striker was 18 when he started his first match under Van Gaal.


Marcus Rashford

Still one for the future, Rashford's debut came in February 2016, aged just 18.




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