The curtain fell on Louis van Gaal's second stint as coach of the Dutch national team today, with the Oranje recording an embarrassingly easy 3-0 win over World Cup hosts Brazil in the third-place playoff.
It has been an enormously successful tournament for the Netherlands, who arrived at the World Cup with one of the most internationally inexperienced squads in the whole thing. It's a pity van Gaal won't rock up at United on Wednesday as world champion, but he's had his reputation bolstered and ego massaged all the same.
It's no surprise, then, that van Gaal was in typically mischievous mood at the end of the game, apparently offering winger Arjen Robben a spot at Old Trafford:
Arjen Robben just revealed on Dutch tv station NOS that Van Gaal has told him there will 'always be a spot for him' at Manchester United.— Elko Born (@Elko_B) July 12, 2014
However, before you get too carried away:
Robben quickly added it wasn't going to happen. 'I'm very happy with where I am now. I told him that.'— Elko Born (@Elko_B) July 12, 2014
In that case Louis, you best get on the phone to Arturo Vidal and Ángel di María ASAP.