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Louis van Gaals has the credentials to manage Manchester United

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Louis van Gaal is expected to be unveiled as Manchester United's new manager within the next few days.

The Dutchman is an accomplished coach, as was his permanent predecessor David Moyes. But unlike Moyes, he does not have to immediately follow the infallible Sir Alex Fergurson.

Instead, Van Gaal is faced with a very different challenge. After Manchester United finished in seventh, their lowest finish in Premier League history, the Dutchman will have to pick up the pieces.

This club does not just aspire to achieve greatest, they expect it.

But can Van Gaal deliver? He certainly has in the past..

Ajax 1991 - 1997

After working as Leo Beenhakker's assistant for two years, Van Gaal was promoted to head coach in 1991. Under his leadership, Ajax won the UEFA Cup in 1992 and the KNVB Cup in 1993 before winning three successive league titles (1994, 1995, 1996).

But Van Gaal's greatest managerial achievement was the 1994-1995 season, Ajax completed the double, winning the title and the Champions League in an unbeaten season. 

Barcelona 1997 - 2000

After seeing out his contract at Ajax, Van Gaal took over from Bobby Robson at Barcelona. The Dutchman added two more league titles and the Copa del Ray to his managerial CV, in his first two seasons at the club.

But Van Gaal never settled, he came under immense scrutiny throughout his three-year reign and his disdain for the media swiftly surfaced.

While he is renowned for maintaining very close relationships with his players, during his time at Barcelona he regularly clashed with fans journalists and, most famously, Rivaldo.

Netherlands 2000–2002

Van Gaal's Holland failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals for the first time since 1986, finishing third in their group, behind Portugal and the Republic of Ireland, he stepped down from the job on January 31 2002.

Barcelona 2002–2003

Things only got worse for the Dutchman.

Barcelona struggled to find any consistency and after they lost 2-0 to Celta Vigo in January 2003, the Catalans sat in 12th place, three points above the relegation zone.

Van Gaal was sacked soon after.

AZ Alkmaar 2005–2009

Van Gaal resurrected his career at AZ Alkmaar. In his first season in charge, Alkmaar finished second in the Eredivisie.

In 2008, Van Gaal and Alkmaar reached an agreement to terminate the coach's contract, after a disappointing season and a 12th place finish.

But the players rallied round and asked Van Gaal to stay, he did and a year later, Alkmaar won the Erdevise and boasted a 28 game unbeaten run as well as the best defensive record in the league.

Bayern Munich 2009–2011

Van Gaal became the first Dutch coach to win the Bundesliga, after Munich finished five points clear of second-place Shalke 04.

In May 2010 Munich thrashed Werder Bremen to clinch a domestic double, but they fell just short of the treble, losing 2-0 to Inter Milan in the Champions League final.

But in April 2011, Van Gaal was sacked as Munich sat in fourth spot with no silverware in sight, the Munich President Uli Hoeness, then attacked the Dutchman on live TV, claiming he was difficult to work with.

Netherlands 2012 -2014

With Van Gaal at the Helm, Holland have lost just two of their 19 matches and qualified for the 2014 World Cup by winning their group.

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