After weeks of speculation and strong rumours, the wait is now over as Manchester United have officially announced Dutchman Louis Van Gaal as their new boss.
The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach will take full control after this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, and he has a huge job on his hands as United are expected to make numerous changes in personnel ahead of next season.
Louis Van Gaal’s minimum requirement for this season is to put the fear back into teams visiting Old Trafford, but those at the club will be secretly aiming for Man United to at least finish in the top four and secure Champions League football.
The task will be tough given the current rise of Liverpool and the obvious strengths of Arsenal, Chelsea and neighbours Manchester City, but Van Gaal has masses of experience and a reported £200 million warchest to get the job done.
Following the announcement of Van Gaal’s appointment, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho described the coach as a ‘great man’ and is happy for him to join the Premier League and challenge the Blues next season.
He said: “I see Louis as a man who accepts the same role as I’m accepting now. He’s a great man, obviously a great football manager and I’m happy that he joins me in the same country and in the Premier League. But more importantly than that, he’s a great guy and I wish him good [luck].”
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side finished the Premier League season in third place, 18 points clear of Manchester United who finished in seventh spot.
Jose Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal's biggest encounter to date was the 2010 Champions League final, with the Portuguese coach coming out on top as his Inter Milan side defeated Van Gaal’s treble-chasing Bayern Munich team 2-0.