Louis Van Gaal has now officially been announced as the manager of Manchester United on a three-year contract, notably half the length of the contract offered to David Moyes last term, and will ‘start’ at the end of his World Cup campaign with the Netherlands. Furthermore it is confirmed that interim manager, player, and club legend Ryan Giggs will act as his Assistant manager after announcing his retirement in an open letter to fans shortly after news of Van Gaals appointment emerged.
Van Gaal has long been favourite for the job since Moyes’ departure with other names such as Klopp, Ancelotti, Guardiola etc. being mentioned but generally ruled out for a variety of reasons. He has an illustrious track record in Europe, something his predecessor lacked, and is known for an attacking style and high level of discipline within clubs he manages. Whilst he technically won’t take charge until after the World Cup it is without doubt that transfer activity has been set in motion whether this be for the clubs previously identified targets or those that the new boss wants. Long term rumours suggest Manchester United will spend big this summer in a manner we haven’t seen before and fans can expect several new faces at Old Trafford by the end of a transfer window the United supporters will certainly hope is an improvement on last summers effort.
The retaining of Ryan Giggs as assistant manager further increases the belief he may sit as manager of the club one day and will no doubt be learning much from Van Gaal whilst assisting him with his rich and extensive knowledge of the players, the club and its history.
“This club has big ambitions, I too have big ambitions. Together I’m sure we will make history,”- Louis Van Gaal