It has been a tough first Premier League campaign for the experienced Dutch manager, as he inherited a disjointed Manchester United squad from predecessor David Moyes which required intense work to turnaround a disappointing seventh-placed finish in 2013/14.
Van Gaal's minimum requirement in his first season in English football was a Champions League place, and it looks like the Old Trafford club will be enjoying glittering nights with the continent's elite clubs once again, having missed out on European football completely for the 2014/15 campaign.
The Red Devils sit comfortably in fourth-place, seven points ahead of Liverpool in fifth with four games remaining. But Saturday's visiting boss Tony Pulis believes Van Gaal will be expected to challenge at the top of the table next season, and believes the 63-year-old's performance in achieving Champions League qualification will afford him the time and patience that Moyes wasn't allowed.
Speaking to Sky Sports, West Bromwich Albion manager Pulis said: "Louis has obviously spent a bit of money and brought quite a few players in, I think he has had a year to look at it...This is Van Gaal's first season in the league. Next year he has to come close to winning the league - he'll know that.
Pulis also believes that Van Gaal's pedigree - as the former Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Dutch national team manager - has worked in his favour, as has his inexperience working in England compared to Moyes.
"It's been great experience for him this year," Pulis continued "I'm sure he'll add a few players to the squad next year. They'll want to win it, I see them getting stronger, I can't see them getting weaker. David (Moyes) didn't get it (time), but Louis has, most probably on the basis he has been successful at bigger clubs. He's won major titles at bigger clubs. He's earned it by what he's done elsewhere, that's a fact of life."