Manchester United put an end to the worst kept secret in the Premier League on Monday when the club announced the appointment of manager Luis Van Gaal.
The 62-year-old former Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Ajax boss has signed a three-year contract and is expected to make wholesale changes at the 20-times English champions.
Van Gaal will succeed David Moyes who was sacked at the end of April following a disappointing 10 months in charge.
United’s title defence ended with a seventh place finish and no European competition for the first time in 25 years.
Van Gaal meanwhile will begin his duties at Old Trafford after leading the Netherlands at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Club hero Ryan Giggs – who took over the final four games of the season after Moyes’ departure – will stay on as van Gaal’s assistant.
Giggs’ appointment does however bring the curtain down on his illustrious playing career, which includes 13 league titles, four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues, among 34 trophies for the Red Devils.
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