Louis Van Gaal
New Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal put pen to paper on a three-year dealReuters

Manchester United appointed Louis Van Gaal as the new manager, with the Dutchman vowing to bring glory back to the club.

Van Gaal will take over from David Moyes at the start of next season, after the latter was sacked last month due to poor results, which eventually saw United finish in seventh in the English Premier League.

Ryan Giggs, who took over an interim manager's role, in the final few games of the season will act as Van Gaal's assistant and with it ending his glittering playing career with the Red Devils, having played in the famous shirt for an amazing 963 times.

Van Gaal signed a three-year contract, with the 62-year-old taking over as the manager at Old Trafford once he finishes his role as Netherlands boss in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"It was always a wish for me to work in the Premier League," Van Gaal said. "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."

There is no news as to the futures of the rest of the class of 92 who helped Giggs in his interim manager's role, with Frans Hoek taking over as goalkeeping coach while Marcel Bout comes in as another assistant, with a specialisation in scouting.

"In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today," executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement on 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.

"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."

Giggs, who will be in the dugout with the Van Gaal, said: "I am thrilled to have the chance to serve as assistant manager. Louis van Gaal is a world-class coach and I know I will learn a lot about coaching from being able to observe and contribute at such close quarters.

"Manchester United has been a huge part of my life and I'm delighted to be able to continue that relationship in such a key role."

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