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Football: Van Gaal starts new era at Man United

Published on Jul 17, 2014 6:22 AM
 
Louis van Gaal started a new era at Manchester United on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, as the Dutch manager arrived for his first day in charge of the fallen giants. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Louis van Gaal started a new era at Manchester United on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, as the Dutch manager arrived for his first day in charge of the fallen giants.

Just days after securing the Netherlands' third place finish at the World Cup, van Gaal jetted into Manchester to begin the task of restoring United to their position as the Premier League's preeminent force.

The 62-year-old Dutchman was appointed as replacement for the sacked David Moyes two months ago, but his World Cup commitments meant he had to wait until now to officially take the reins at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal faces a significant rebuilding job after United endured a miserable campaign under Alex Ferguson's hand-picked successor Moyes, finishing seventh in the Premier League and failing to qualify for the Champions League.

 
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