Football’s worst-kept secret was finally revealed today, as Manchester United confirmed Louis Van Gaal as their new manager, after two weeks in which both parties involved had disguised themselves behind the usual smokescreens, with the Dutchman and United both happy to decline any agreement was in place.
However, less than a month after David Moyes was handed his P45, United have today confirmed that the Holland manager has signed a three-year deal with the club and will take charge after the World Cup, while Ryan Giggs has been confirmed as his assistant manager. The 62-year-old Dutchman will be joined at the club by Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout as assistant coaches.
Once he’s finally announced as David Moyes’ replacement, Louis Van Gaal will keep players at Manchester United on a very tight leash, according to Dutch football expert Marcel Van der Kraan.
Van Gaal should be formally unveiled as United’s new manager this week but his reputation for demanding total control over his players and for being strict and hardworking almost to the point of being obsessed have preceded him to Britain and might spell news for some of the players who have been stealing a living at the club.
Louis Van Gaal might not yet have been officially appointed as David Moyes’ successor, but the 62-year-old manager dropped his biggest hint yet as to who he’d like to see wearing the armband next season.
Wayne Rooney was widely expected to replace Nemanja Vidic as captain next season, particularly after Moyes described him as the perfect man to lead the team – and to trouser £300,000-a-week – but it seems as Van Gaal has other ideas and could instal Robin Van Persie as his on-pitch lieutenant.
Manchester United must again make Old Trafford a place feared by other teams if they’re to return to winning ways next season, according to Juan Mata. United number 8 claimed that the home form this season played a major role in the dismal campaign endured by the club which culminated in United missing out on European football for the first time since 1990.
United lost seven games at Old Trafford this season, their worst return on home turf since they lost the same number of games in the 1973-74 season, as Manchester City and Liverpool thrashed the Reds 3-0 while Everton picked up their first win at Old Trafford in over 20 years and Newcastle and West Brom clinched three points in United’s backyard for the first time since 1972 and 1978 respectively.
Ryan Giggs is set to become Louis Van Gaal’s assistant manager at Manchester United after he was offered the job when he met the Dutchman in Noordwijk yesterday, during a three-hour meeting in which could prove crucial as far as United’s future is concerned.
Van Gaal could be announced today as Manchester United’s new manager, putting an end to weeks of speculations and allowing the club to finally put a solid strategy in place ahead of next season given the sizeable job that lies ahead this summer, when United will have to recruit at least four world class players if they’re to mount a serious challenge next season.
Nemanja Vidic has revealed just how hard his final season at Manchester United was, with players under constant scrutiny and arguing with each other, as the team that had lifted the Premier League in May 2013 all of a sudden lost its way and found itself trapped in a downward spiral which only ended with the last game of the season last Sunday.
The 1-1 draw at Southampton was Vidic’s last ever game for the club and, as he prepares to head over to Inter Milan for a new chapter in his career, Vidic has lift the lid on what life has been like at Old Trafford for the last 10 months, as under David Moyes the club plummeted into previously unseen troubles.
Rio Ferdinand has admitted his future remains unsure and has expressed his concern at United’s decision to allow Nemanja Vidic to join Inter Milan on a free transfer this summer. Vidic, who alongside Rio formed arguably the best centre-back pairing in the Premier League over the last decade, played his final game at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Taking a break from selling “5″ caps and trying to convey a message by posting links to songs on Twitter, Ferdinand has said that the decision to allow Vidic to leave could backfire, just as Sir Alex found out himself when he sold Jaap Stam to Lazio.
United’s last home of the season was an emotional occasion 12 months ago as Sir Alex Ferguson walked out in front of the Stretford End one last time before bidding farewell to the ground where he had spent 26 years. The occasion might not be as grand as last season, given the horrible campaign and the difference stature of the men involved, but tonight a few reds could shed a tear or two.
After eight years, five Premier League titles, one European Cup and three League Cups Nemanja Vidic will make his final appearance at Old Trafford, before leaving United at the end of the season and moving onto Inter Milan on a free transfer. Patrice Evra too could be appearing at Old Trafford in a red shirt for the last time and that’s without even mentioning Ryan Giggs, who could be about to bring the curtain down on the most extraordinary career British football has seen.