International Soccer

Van Gaal appointed as new United manager

Manchester, England ( - Manchester United confirmed on Monday that Louis van Gaal has been hired as the club's new manager, with Ryan Giggs remaining on board to serve as Van Gaal's assistant.

Van Gaal, who is currently the manager of Dutch national team, will take charge of United on a three-year contract when the Netherlands' World Cup run in Brazil ends this summer.

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

The 62-year-old Van Gaal takes over for David Moyes, who was fired on April 22 just 296 days after his appointment as manager.

Giggs served as interim boss for the final four games of the season, and he will remain with the club as an assistant.

Under Moyes, United endured their worst season in 25 years as the club finished in seventh place, missing out on a spot in European competition.

Van Gaal has previously managed Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich, leading all four clubs to league titles during his time in charge, while he also captured the Champions League with Ajax in 1995 and guided Bayern to the final in 2010.

"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."

05/19 10:03:00 ET

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