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Monday 19 May 2014

Manchester United appoint Van Gaal as manager

Netherlands national-team manager agrees three-year deal to take over at Old Trafford

  • Louis van Gaal celebrates Bayern Munich's German Cup win in 2010

  • Ryan Giggs will become assistant manager of Manchester United from next season

Louis van Gaal will take over as manager of Manchester United from next season, the club have announced.

"In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today"
Ed Woodward

The 62-year-old Dutchman has signed a three-year contract with the Barclays Premier League club, which will begin after he has led the Netherlands at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next month.

The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach has enjoyed a successful 20 years guiding clubs at the highest level of European football, winning domestic titles and cups in three different countries, as well as the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup, an Intercontinental Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and domestic Super Cups in Holland and Germany. 

Ryan Giggs, the United player with the most appearances in the club's history, has been appointed Van Gaal's assistant. Giggs, who boasts 632 Barclays Premier League appearances and 109 top-flight goals, took charge of the first team for the last four matches of the 2013/14 season after the departure of David Moyes.

"In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today," Ed Woodward, the club's executive vice-chairman, told manutd.com. "He has achieved many things in his career to date and Old Trafford provides him with a fitting stage on which to write new chapters in the Manchester United story."

Dutch pride

Van Gaal said: "It was always a wish for me to work in the Premier League. To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud.

"To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud"
Louis van Gaal

"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. This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together I'm sure we will make history."

"I am thrilled to have the chance to serve as assistant manager," added Giggs, who separately announced his retirement from playing. "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."

Van Gaal will be joined at Old Trafford by Frans Hoek, the Netherlands' goalkeeping coach, who has been instrumental in the development of goalkeepers such as former United No 1 Edwin van der Sar and Barcelona's Victor Valdes. He joins as assistant coach, specialising in goalkeeping. Marcel Bout also joins as assistant coach, specialising in opposition scouting.

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Key Points

  • Manchester United appoint Louis van Gaal as manager
  • 62-year-old signs a three-year contract with the Barclays Premier League club
  • Ryan Giggs appointed assistant manager to Dutchman