London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – As expected, Manchester United has signed Louis van Gaal to a three-year deal to become its new manager with Ryan Giggs as his assistant.
“It was always a wish for me to work in the Premier League. To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud,” van Gaal said.
“This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together I’m sure we will make history,” he added.
The 62-year-old Van Gaal will assume his new position following the end of Netherlands’ World Cup campaign in Brazil this summer.
Van Gaal becomes the first non-British or Irish manager ever appointed at Old Trafford and replaces David Moyes, who was sacked on April 22 after 296 days in charge.
He has managed four other clubs — Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich — and won league titles with all. He also won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995 and reached the final as Bayern manager in 2010.
“In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today,” United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward told the club’s official website.
“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,” he added.
Woodward stressed that everyone is very excited about this new phase in the club’s history as van Gaal’s track record of success in winning leagues and cups across Europe throughout his career makes him the perfect choice for the team.
“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,” he added.
Player-coach Giggs was installed as interim manager for the final four games of the season but was not considered a contender for the position on a permanent basis due to his lack of coaching experience.
However, he will work as the Dutchman’s assistant, with Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout also named as part of the coaching team. Hoek will replace Chris Woods as goalkeeping coach, while Bout will become an assistant coach with particular responsibility for scouting.