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LET’S MAKE HISTORY

LOUIS van Gaal has promised to make history at Old Trafford after the Holland coach was finally confirmed by Manchester United as their new manager.

With his current bosses at the Dutch FA keen to have uncertainty over his future out of the way so van Gaal can concentrate on Holland’s World Cup finals campaign, a deal was finally sealed which will see the 62-year-old become the first coach from outside Britain to manage the Red Devils since Frank O’Farrell’s spell there.

“This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together I’m sure we will make history,” said van Gaal.

“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,” added the former Ajax and Barcelona coach.

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United have also confirmed that Ryan Giggs has finished his playing career and will work as van Gaal’s assistant.

In addition to Giggs, Holland goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek and coach Marcel Bout, a specialist in opposition scouting, will join the backroom staff.

Van Gaal’s three-year deal is believed to be worth in the region of £21million.

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