Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, who has signed a three-year deal with the Red Devils. Ryan Giggs, meanwhile, becomes the 62-year-old's assistant.
Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Van Gaal, who will step down from his current role as the Netherlands national team head coach after this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil, replaces David Moyes, who was sacked last month, as the club's permanent manager following Giggs' spell as interim player-manager.
The Dutchman, who brings Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout with him to Old Trafford as assistant coaches, is looking forward to starting work with the 20-time English champions - and believes a successful new chapter for the club is just around the corner.
"It was always a wish for me to work in the Premier League," Van Gaal told the club's official website. "To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud. I have managed in games at Old Trafford before and know what an incredible arena Old Trafford is and how passionate and knowledgeable the fans are.
"This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together I'm sure we will make history."
United's chief executive Ed Woodward added: "In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today. He has achieved many things in his career to date and Old Trafford provides him with a fitting stage on which to write new chapters in the Manchester United story.
"Everyone is very excited about this new phase in the club's history. His track record of success in winning leagues and cups across Europe throughout his career makes him the perfect choice for us.
"People know him as a larger than life character but I have also been extremely impressed by his intelligence, thoughtful approach to the role and his diligence. I'm looking forward to working with him.
"I'm delighted that Louis has chosen Ryan as his assistant. Ryan's association with the club spans over two decades and his knowledge and stature will be of great use to Louis. In addition, this is a fantastic opportunity for Ryan to learn his trade alongside a world-class manager whose attacking instincts and belief in youth are tailor-made for Manchester United.”
Van Gaal - who has won league titles in Holland, Spain and Germany - has reportedly given United the green light to sign several top transfer targets including Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos and Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels.
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