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Manchester United appoints Louis van Gaal

Published 1314 GMT (2114 HKT) May 19, 2014
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Louis van Gaal is the new manager of Manchester United after signing a three-year contract to succeed David Moyes. John Thys/AFP/Getty Images
Van Gaal made a name for himself as a manager at Ajax, leading the Dutch club to a whole host of trophies including three Eredivisie titles, the UEFA Cup and the Champions League. Clive Brunskill/Allsport
The Dutchman next moved on to Barcelona, guiding the side to back-to-back Spanish La Liga titles as well as the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Super Cup. Allsport UK /Allsport
Van Gaal proved to be a divisive figure during his time at Barcelona and lasted less than a year in the job in his second spell in charge in 2002, with a string of bad results proving to be his downfall. Alex Livesey /Allsport
He also had success in Germany, claiming a league-and-cup double at Bayern Munich. However, he was sacked in 2011 after falling out with those in power at the Bundesliga club. Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images
Van Gaal is known for his hard-line approach when it comes to management. "He's very strict and severe. So the players just have the chance to follow him or they are out, and he takes the next players," Mehmet Scholl, who worked with him at Bayern, told UK newspaper the Guardian. Getty Images
The 62-year-old is still in charge of the Netherlands -- for the second time in his career -- but will join United after the World Cup in Brazil. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images
United confirmed that club legend Ryan Giggs, who was interim manager after Moyes was sacked in April, will be Van Gaal's assistant. ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images