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Sunday 17 December 2017

Van Gaal: I aim to unify Old Trafford like Dutch

Holland coach Louis van Gaal (inset) headed for his new job at Old Trafford with mixed emotions.

The 62-year-old was disappointed not to win the tournament, but he did not have a bad word to say about his players.

The Holland coach, who has been handed a three-year contract at Old Trafford, has created a strong bond within the squad and he now wants to do the same in England with his new players.

"There will always be a place in my heart for these 23 players and my staff," said Van Gaal when asked whether he would miss working with the Holland squad.

"I hope that the group in Manchester will become like this one. We have to start singing from the same hymn sheet."

Given that Holland only went out of the competition on penalties after a 0-0 draw against Argentina, Van Gaal became the first Holland coach to go through a World Cup unbeaten.

He thinks it will be hard to do the same with United, who finished seventh last year under David Moyes.

"I wasn't able to do it with Ajax, Bayern Munich or Barcelona," he said.

"Losing is just part of the job."

Van Gaal is determined to bring the good times back to Old Trafford after the club endured such a dreadful year under Moyes.

"I hope at Manchester United I can do my best," he said.

"I will do my best. Whether that's enough for the fans I will wait and see but I genuinely hope that will be the case."

Meanwhile, Arjen Robben has ruled out the possibility of joining Van Gaal at United.

"I have a special bond with him.," Robben said. "(Moving to United) is not an option though. I will stay at Bayern Munich."

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