Confirmed: Manchester United appoint Louis Van Gaal as their new manager

Louis Van Gaal

Ryan Giggs confirmed as new manager's assistant, two other members of staff appointed.

Louis Van Gaal has been officially confirmed as the new Manchester United manager.

Ever since the sacking of David Moyes, the 62-year-old has been widely tipped to take over at Old Trafford, and has been given a three-year deal.

Ryan Giggs, who took interim charge after Moyes left the club, will be the Dutchman’s assistant, and Van Gaal will take up his role after he has managed the Netherlands at the World Cup finals in Brazil this summer.

Frans Hoek joins as a goalkeeping coach and Marcel Bout will also join as part of Van Gaal’s backroom staff as an assistant coach.

United’s Chief Executive Ed Woodward told the club’s 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.”

The news has been expected ever since Van Gaal gave an interview to journalists where he branded United as ‘the biggest club in the world’, and reports have suggested that he has outlined transfer targets to the United hierarchy whilst he fulfils his duties in Brazil this summer.

After finishing in seventh place this term, United will expect Van Gaal to return them to the Champions League at least next season, and maybe even challenge for the title again.

Van Gaal said on his appointment: "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."

One of the first things that Van Gaal will have to decide is who he will make his captain for the coming season. Some were suggesting that Wayne Rooney would be the ideal replacement for Nemanja Vidic - who has left for Inter Milan - but with Robin Van Persie skippering the Dutch side under Van Gaal, it may be he who wears the armband at Old Trafford next season.

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