Louis van Gaal has been unveiled as Manchester United’s new coach.
The 62-year-old Dutchman has penned a three-year contract as a successor to David Moyes, and will take over after leading the charge for the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Van Gaal has won titles with Bayern Munich, Ajax, AZ Alkmaar and Barcelona, and has set his sights adding the English Premier League title to his haul. He said:
“This club has big ambitions. I too have big ambitions. Together I’m sure we will make history.
“To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud.
“I have managed in games at Old Trafford before and know what an incredible arena Old Trafford is and how passionate and knowledgeable the fans are.”
However, he has an uphill battle following the disastrous 10-month reign of David Moyes, which saw United, who started the season as reigning champions, slip to seventh place overall. The team also failed to qualify for any European football at all for the first time in 25 years.
Serving as his assistant will be Ryan Giggs, who ended his illustrious playing career in charge of the team for the final four games of the season. The 40-year-old Welshman said:
“I am thrilled to have the chance to serve as assistant manager.
“Louis van Gaal is a world-class coach and I know I will learn a lot about coaching from being able to observe and contribute at such close quarters.
“Manchester United has been a huge part of my life and I’m delighted to be able to continue that relationship in such a key role.”
Joining Giggs will be Frans Hoek, who is currently in charge of the elite training for goalkeepers for the Netherlands national side and was instrumental to the development of Edwin van der Sar.