Louis Van Gaal: New Manchester United Manager, Fans React

FullTimeDEVILSFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2014

Aloysius Paulus Maria van Gaal is a name that's about to become a lot more familiar to fans of the Premier League, and to supporters of Manchester United in particular.

That's because 'Louis' van Gaal has just been announced as the new manager of Manchester United, and the current Netherlands boss will take up the role following the conclusion of the Dutch World Cup campaign, this summer.

The eccentric Champions League winner, nicknamed the Iron Tulip, carries the pedigree of 15 major trophies and arrives at a stricken giant of European football.

A character of great self-belief, van Gaal isn’t afraid to upset players' egos and is considered by many Manchester United fans an authoritative figurehead who can reclaim the respect some of the playing staff lacked throughout 2013/14.

On the pitch, van Gaal is most famous for capturing the imagination of football fans worldwide after conquering Europe in 1995.

His Ajax team contained the perfect blend of stalwarts like Frank Rijkaard and Danny Blind along with the exciting young talent of Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert, which resulted in a squad playing the Total Football style while boasting an average age of just 23. 

That attractive style of football is something alluded to by Manchester United's outgoing interim manager, Ryan Giggs, in his lap of honour speech following the 3-1 win at home to Hull—United's last at the Theatre of Dreams in 2013/14.

After meeting in Noordwijk's Hotels van Oranje near the Dutch World Cup squad's training grounds, van Gaal has decided to offer Manchester United talisman Ryan Giggs the role of assistant manager.

A wise choice, no doubt, as the Old Trafford faithful would have seen a slight on Giggs as a slight on one of their own. 

The 12-time Premier League winner has been responsible for an unmistakable hike in optimism within the United community since taking over as interim manager following the departure of David Moyes.

In other news emerging today, Giggs has just announced his retirement from playing professional football in order to take on the responsibility of being United assistant manager on a full-time basis.

At press time, many United fans have become so nostalgic about the Welsh Wizard and his 963 games of imperious service to the club that talk of him on social media platforms is usurping the chatter about van Gaal by some distance. 

So what next in the narrative of the Manchester United revolution? Moyes has been sacked, Nemanja Vidic has gone, Ferdinand is due to be released at the end of June and now Giggs hangs up his playing kit, but what of Evra and some other members of our aging squad?

Can United add quality to their squad with Ed Wodward overseeing transfer moves while van Gaal is in Brazil? And just what will Wayne Rooney make of Robin van Persie being made United captain, as is widely expected?

In the meantime let's welcome the new manager of Manchester United. In this video you'll find what United fans around Old Trafford had to say to our new boss.

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