Van Gaal: "Together we'll make history"

Charlie Crowhurst

As is traditional when a new manager has been appointed, everybody is very pleased, and wants to tell you all about it.

Following his confirmation as the new manager of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal has described himself as proud, ambitious and confident:

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. 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.

Edward Woodward, having finally got his man, was similarly efffusive:

In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today ... 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 intelligent, thoughtful approach to the role and his diligence. I'm looking forward to working with him.

Sure he feels likewise, Eddy. Woodward was also pleased that Ryan Giggs will be Van Gaal's assistant manager:

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.

Joel Glazer, meanwhile, apologised for his family's remorseless bloodsucking said:

I am delighted that Louis will be our next manager. He has an outstanding pedigree as a coach, both as a man who motivates his teams to win trophies and as someone who believes in giving young players a chance to prove their worth. I am sure he will make a big impression on the club, the players and the fans

And finally, Giggs himself

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.

More quotes over on the club website.

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