Man Utd players praise Van Gaal's appointment
Louis van Gaal was hired as Manchester United a few days ago to replace David Moyes, whose stint with the Red Devils resulted in United finishing in seventh and himself not seeing out the full season.
Manchester United players of the now and recent past all praised the appointment and looked glowingly at the future.
"Big day. New manager in & Giggsy hanging his boots up. Can't wait to get started again, Looking forward to the next chapter," Michael Carrick said.
"Big day at the club. Looking forward to start the new season!" Juan Mata added.
Rio Ferdinand, whose time at Old Trafford is finished with his contract up, was happy to see Ryan Giggs stay on: "Good luck to Louis Van Gaal as the new manager of Manchester United. Also to Ryan Giggs as No 2. Hope they get United back to the top where we belong."
"He is an excellent coach, who has won a lot of prizes. I think United is facing a bright future," from Adnan Janujaz.
Former players also saw the van Gaal as the man for the job, starting with David Beckham.
"He has got a history of working with young players, bringing players through academy systems at places like Ajax," Beckham said. "That can only be great for Manchester United."
"As a Manchester United fan and for Manchester United as a club, to have someone like this with his pedigree is great. He has worked with some of the biggest and best players in the world," he added.
Former Red Devil keeper Edwin Van der Sar believes his former Ajax coach is a perfect fit.
"Van Gaal will spend the right money on the right player to ensure that they are right for United," Van der Sar said. "He will know if they have the United DNA of the club inside of them. If not he will let them go and let them go to other clubs. You have to play and you have to fight for Manchester United. Not only come for the money. What's more important? Money or the priviledge of playing for a coach like Van Gaal?"
"It's a massive club and if you are able to participate in that and to contribute to winning a title then you are settled for life because you have the adoration of the club," he added. "Van Gaal is going to be very clear about what he wants and what he demands from his players and while it's going to be a tricky period for him with the World Cup deciding on what transfers he will need, if anyone can cope with a situation like this it is Van Gaal."
"His credentials in Spain, in Germany, in Holland with the national team speak for themselves. He has won the title in every country. He has a history of winning trophies, of bringing young players through, of working with big players. He is a very hard-working coach and he is a guy who makes players better. He also sends out the right signals about the kind of football he wants to play to the players," Van der Sar finished."
United fans have reason to be optimistic, hiring a seasoned manager, familiar with the highest levels of the game, as well as allegedly closing in on a deal for Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos. The Red Devils will be eager to erase the memories of last season's shortcomings.