New Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, took up his position at Old Trafford yesterday and immediately showcased his class away from football by donating more than £1 million to a charity, as revealed by the Daily Mail.
Van Gaal took over the reigns at Old Trafford yesterday without even taking a break after guiding the Netherlands to third place in the World Cup in Brazil, and the Dutchman wasted precious little time in making an impression by matching United's £600.000 donation to a charity called, Muscles for Muscles, a Dutch charity that raises awareness for spinal muscular atrophy.
It was a stunningly generous act by Van Gaal, and one that underlines the pure class of the man, much like his CV.
The Dutchman joined United in a three-year deal thought to be worth around £4 million pounds-a-year. Negotiations were conducted directly between the club and Van Gaal, saving both parties a very large agents fee which the new manager requested to be given to the charity.
It is thought a total of £1.2 million will be donated, half of which comes from United and the other half from Van Gaal, not a bad way to announce yourself at one of the biggest clubs in the world.
A Sun source said: 'This is typical of Louis. He is a great man and a generous man.
'He has spent years working with charity and helped raise so much money for those less fortunate.'
Van Gaal takes over the Old Trafford hot-seat after having won six-league titles in three different European Leagues, including the Bundesliga and La Liga with Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively, credentials that will excite the United faithful.
During his opening press conference at the club, the 62-year old Dutchman continued to make an impression by paying tribute to United on the global stage.
‘Last season you were seventh so you are not the biggest club. You have to prove yourself,' he said.
‘But all over the world people are talking about Manchester United – that is the difference.
‘It is a great challenge because of that and that is why I chose this club.
‘I have coached Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich who are all No 1 in their country. Now I am at Manchester United which is No 1 in England.
‘I have never worked in the Premier League and that is a big challenge.
‘When I worked at Barcelona that was the best league. When I worked in Germany that was the best league.
‘Now I work here maybe this is the best league.'
Class of '92
Van Gaal also went on to stress that there will be roles at the club for Phil Neville and Paul Scholes.
He believes it is crucial to utilise recent legends of the club in this capacity, highlighted by the fact that he has appointed Giggs as his number two, with Nicky Butt also involved in some capacity.
When questioned about the captaincy options he is facing for the coming season, the Dutchman simply responded that he needs to get to know all the players first before making his final decision.
Top class manager
Van Gaal has need barely 24-hours to make his mark at the club, and one senses that if there was any doubt about the respect the man is held in before he arrived, then those doubts would have been laid to rest.
Van Gaal oozes class and on first impressions to united fans, they must unquestionably believe the Manchester United board have landed the right man to lead the club to glory once again.
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