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Manchester United hires Louis van Gaal to turn things around


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Manchester United on Monday announced that Dutchman Louis van Gaal will take over as coach, replacing the fired David Moyes.

Van Gaal, 62, will take over at Old Trafford this summer after coaching the Netherlands in this year’s World Cup. Apart from the national team, van Gaal has coached professionally for Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich, winning club titles at every stop.

“This club has big ambitions. I too have big ambitions,” he said, per the BBC. “Together I’m sure we will make history.”

He added: “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.

Manchester United finished in seventh place in the Premier League this season and will miss out on European play for the first time in nearly 25 years. Saddled by debt, the club has struggled to land big-name players in recent years. Moyes was fired after just one year.

Ryan Giggs, who served as interim coach for the final four games of the season after Moyes was sacked, will be van Gaal’s top assistant after retiring as a player. He has been with Manchester United’s senior team since 1990.

Giggs released an open letter to fans, announcing his retirement as a player and throwing his support to van Gaal.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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