The Dutch boss has revealed that the support he has received from the fans has been the best thing about his first year in charge.
United have gone through an indifferent first season under the Dutch manager, with a poor start looking to have threatened their hopes of returning to the Champions League.
However, a fine run of form in the second half of the season has seen them rally and finish in the top four, although finishing fourth will see them have to play a Champions League qualifier first.
Van Gaal has now paid tribute to the fans who have supported him throughout his debut campaign in England.
“I have been asked recently what has been the biggest highlight of my first season as manager of Manchester United,” he said.
“The answer is always the same – the support of the fans. For me, it is unbelievable and something I have not experienced at the other clubs I have managed.”
As already mentioned, things did not get off to the best of starts for Van Gaal, with an opening day defeat suffered against Swansea City, draws against Sunderland and Burnley, as well as a heavy 4-0 reversal at the hands of MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.
And the United boss admits that he was not looking forward to the reception he would receive before the game against QPR after their poor run of form, but was surprised by the support and backing he was given.
“From the very first match, which we lost at home against Swansea City, the support has been fantastic,” he said.
“I really wasn’t looking forward to the reception I thought I was going to receive at the match against Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford but, to my surprise, when I walked down the touchline I could not have imagined the support and belief. The supporters have been absolutely first class.”