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United confirm Van Gaal appointment

Louis van GaalFootball’s worst-kept secret was finally revealed today, as Manchester United confirmed Louis Van Gaal as their new manager, after two weeks in which both parties involved had disguised themselves behind the usual smokescreens, with the Dutchman and United both happy to decline any agreement was in place.

However, less than a month after David Moyes was handed his P45, United have today confirmed that the Holland manager has signed a three-year deal with the club and will take charge after the World Cup, while Ryan Giggs has been confirmed as his assistant manager. The 62-year-old Dutchman will be joined at the club by Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout as assistant coaches.

Hoek is Netherlands’ goalkeeping coach and has worked closely with the likes of Edwin Van der Sar, while Bout worked with Van Gaal at Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar.

Ed Woodward told United’s official website: “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.

“Everyone is very excited about this new phase in the club’s history. His track record of success in winning leagues and cups across Europe throughout his career makes him the perfect choice for us.

“People know him as a larger than life character but I have also been extremely impressed by his intelligence, thoughtful approach to the role and his diligence. I’m looking forward to working with him.

“I’m delighted that Louis has chosen Ryan as his assistant. Ryan’s association with the club spans over two decades and his knowledge and stature will be of great use to Louis. In addition, this is a fantastic opportunity for Ryan to learn his trade alongside a world-class manager whose attacking instincts and belief in youth are tailor-made for Manchester United.”

The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager was delighted at joining United and said his ambitions matched the club’s.

“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. 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.”

The Dutchman’s arrival was welcomed by Ryan Giggs, who said he was looking forward to work alongside Van Gaal.

 “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.”

Dan