Louis van Gaal has confirmed he will take no holiday between Netherland's World Cup campaign and the start of his role Manchester United.
The 62-year-old has officially left his head coach role with Holland following their third place finish in the World Cup. Holland narrowly missed out on a final spot after losing on penalties to Argentina, but followed up that disappointment with a 3-0 victory over hosts Brazil.
After an intense month, few fans would begrudge to old timer a holiday before taking up his new role as manager of Manchester United, but the workaholic says he is ready to dive straight into solving the crisis at Old Trafford.
Wednesday start date
Van Gaal has returned to Holland for a debriefing with the Dutch FA but is preparing to take the reigns of Old Trafford after agreeing a three-year contract to be David Moyes' successor.
"I like everything I do,” he told NOS. “And because I like it, I don't mind to continue with the next job. It's not a problem for me that I'm already going to Manchester on Wednesday. A new experience with new people.”
Such news will be a relief for everyone involved with Manchester United after their disastrous Premier League campaign under Moyes followed an unproductive summer. Moyes failed to make a single addition until the final hours of the transfer window, when Marouane Fellaini was brought in.
Manchester United have managed to conduct more transfer business without a manager so far this summer, agreeing deals for Luke Shaw and Anders Herrera for a reported combined fee of £60 million.
Although having been busy with the Netherlands, Van Gaal hinted that he was involved with the deals that brought Shaw and Herrera to the club. He said that, so far, he has only met two people from Manchester United; the CEO Ed Woodward and their chief scout.
“I've only met two people from Manchester United so far,” he added. “The chief scout and the CEO."
Curiously, those comments also hints that no meeting for future assistant Ryan Giggs has taken place. Giggs travelled to Holland shortly before Van Gaal was confirmed. That was believed to be to discuss his future role at the club, but it appears Van Gaal agreed to make the veteran his assistant with no formal contact.
Manchester United fans will now be hoping that Van Gaal uses his vast experience and connections to bring big name players to Old Trafford. Manchester United may not have European football on offer but hope their vast riches manage to convince players to join the club anyhow.
Players such as Arturo Vidal, whom Van Gaal has an affinity towards, Marco Reus and Mats Hummels are just some of the names being linked with imminent moves to Manchester United. Such a trio would cost in excess of £100 million, but the cost of an instant return to the top of the Premier League seems worth much more than that to the Red Devils.
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