Manchester United have officially confirmed the appointment of Holland coach Louis van Gaal as their new manager on a three-year deal, with the 62-year-old Dutchman expected to be sworn in after the Brazil World Cup, to assume duties full time.
Ryan Giggs has been appointed as Van Gaal’s assistant manager and the ex-Barcelona boss will bring in Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout as assistant coaches to Old Trafford.
A statement from Manchester United read: “Louis van Gaal will take over as manager of Manchester United from the 2014/15 season. He has signed a three-year contract.
“Louis, 62, has managed at the top level of European football for over 20 years and in that time has won domestic titles and domestic cups in three 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.
“He will take up his post after the FIFA World Cup, where he will manage the Dutch national team. Ryan Giggs, English football’s most decorated footballer and the United player with most appearances in the club’s history, has been appointed as assistant manager. Ryan took charge of the first team for the last four matches of the 2013/14 season.”
United’s chief executive Ed Woodward said: “In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today. 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.
Van Gaal has never managed in England as he comes in to replace David Moyes, who was sacked in April after ten months at the helm, but he has vast experience with Ajax, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich, as well as two spells in charge of the Dutch national team.
“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,’ Van Gaal said.
“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.”