But he has been unable to match the highs he reached in his playing career in the season he has spent as coach at the Amsterdam side.
Ajax lost 4-0 at Sparta Rotterdam at the weekend to end their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League with one game still to play, prompting Van Basten to say on his own website: "Of course I ask myself all kinds of questions after the defeat.
"How in God's name is it possible that we cannot defeat Sparta when we have to?
"I had much faith in a good result, but again the team seemed scared. We did not succeed in getting the team ready. That is very annoying and surprising."
Ajax also suffered a humiliating 6-2 defeat at PSV Eindhoven three weeks ago.
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