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Football: Van Gaal relishes task of emulating Ferguson at Manchester United

Published on Jul 29, 2014 6:39 AM
New Manchester United coach Louis Van Gaal speaks during a press conference at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on July 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - New coach Louis van Gaal has welcomed the challenge of trying to emulate the great Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and is confident his record of managing big clubs will stand him in good stead.

Ferguson won 38 trophies in 26 success-laden seasons at Old Trafford and the task of following in his footsteps proved too much for his immediate successor David Moyes.

Moyes was sacked in less than a season after breaking a host of unwanted records as United finished seventh in the Premier League campaign that ended in May.

"I had to follow Bobby Robson at Barcelona and that year he won three titles," Van Gaal told reporters on Monday during the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

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