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    Van Gaal named United manager

    - Club appoints Dutch national coach, who won multiple titles in Holland, Spain, Germany
    - Ryan Giggs to be assistant manager
    - Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout join as assistant coaches

    Louis van Gaal will take over as manager of Manchester United from the 2014/15 season. He has signed a three-year contract.

    Louis, 62, has managed at the top level of European football for over 20 years and in that time has won domestic titles and domestic cups in three countries, as well as the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup, an Intercontinental Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and domestic Super Cups in Holland and Germany.

    He will take up his post after the FIFA World Cup, where he will manage the Dutch national team.

    Ryan Giggs, English football's most decorated footballer and the United player with the most appearances in the club's history, has been appointed as assistant manager. Ryan took charge of the first team for the last four matches of the 2013/14 season.

    Announcing the appointments, Ed Woodward said: "In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today. He has achieved many things in his career to date and Old Trafford provides him with a fitting stage on which to write new chapters in the Manchester United story.

    "Everyone is very excited about this new phase in the club's history. His track record of success in winning leagues and cups across Europe throughout his career makes him the perfect choice for us.

    "People know him as a larger than life character but I have also been extremely impressed by his intelligence, thoughtful approach to the role and his diligence. I'm looking forward to working with him.

    "I'm delighted that Louis has chosen Ryan as his assistant. Ryan's association with the club spans over two decades and his knowledge and stature will be of great use to Louis. In addition, this is a fantastic opportunity for Ryan to learn his trade alongside a world-class manager whose attacking instincts and belief in youth are tailor-made for Manchester United.”

    Louis van Gaal said: "It was always a wish for me to work in the Premier League. To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud. I have managed in games at Old Trafford before and know what an incredible arena Old Trafford is and how passionate and knowledgeable the fans are. This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together I'm sure we will make history."

    Joel Glazer said: "I am delighted that Louis will be our next manager. He has an outstanding pedigree as a coach, both as a man who motivates his teams to win trophies and as someone who believes in giving young players a chance to prove their worth. I am sure he will make a big impression on the club, the players and the fans."

    Avie Glazer said: "Louis joins us at an exciting time and has already communicated some great ideas for how the club can move forward. The board is right behind him in his plans and everyone here is already looking forward to the start of next season.”

    Ryan Giggs said: "I am thrilled to have the chance to serve as assistant manager. Louis van Gaal is a world-class coach and I know I will learn a lot about coaching from being able to observe and contribute at such close quarters. Manchester United has been a huge part of my life and I'm delighted to be able to continue that relationship in such a key role."

    Frans Hoek is the Netherlands' goalkeeping coach and has been instrumental in the development of keepers such as United legend Edwin van der Sar and Barcelona's Victor Valdes. He joins as assistant coach, specialising in goalkeeping.

    Marcel Bout joins as assistant coach, specialising in opposition scouting, having previously worked for Bayern Munich, Telstar, AZ, FC Volendam and Feyenoord.

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    He made a brilliant first move as he join by keeping Giggs as no.2 man...
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    Louis Van Gaal Career at a glance

    Played for: Royal Antwerp, Telstar, Sparta Rotterdam, AZ Alkmaar

    Managed: 1991-97 Ajax; 1997-2000 Barcelona; 2000-02 Netherlands; 2002-03 Barcelona; 2005-09 AZ Alkmaar; 2009-10 Bayern Munich; 2012–14 Netherlands

    Honours: Ajax: UEFA Cup 1991/92, KNVB Cup 1992/93, Eredivisie 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, UEFA Champions League 1994/95, UEFA Super Cup 1995, Intercontinental Cup 1995; Barcelona: La Liga 1997/98, 1998/99, Copa del Rey 1997/98, UEFA Super Cup 1997; AZ: Eredivisie 2008/09; Bayern Munich: Bundesliga 2009/10, DFB-Pokal 2009/10

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    Freshly out from the oven!

    Giggs announces retirement

    Open letter by Giggs:

    Today is a fantastic day for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal is a great appointment and let me begin by telling you how delighted I am to be working with someone of his calibre. His credentials are second to none and I’m positive the club will thrive under his leadership over the coming years.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from professional football and embark upon a new and exciting chapter in my life, as assistant manager of Manchester United. I am immensely proud, honoured and fortunate to have represented the biggest club in the world 963 times and Wales 64 times. My dream was always to play for Manchester United, and although it saddens me to know I won’t be pulling on a United jersey again as a player, I have been lucky enough to have fulfilled that dream playing with some of the best players in the world, working under an incredible manager in Sir Alex Ferguson, and most of all, playing for the greatest fans in world football. I have always felt and appreciated your support.

    I want to also give a huge thanks to the backroom staff and support teams we have and have had at Manchester United over the years. I would not have achieved the success I have without your continuing dedication and commitment to creating the best environment to enable the players to thrive. I would not have won 34 trophies in my career without you. I would also like to say a special thanks to my friends and family for all your love and support.

    For me, today is a new chapter filled with many emotions - immense pride, sadness, but most of all, excitement towards the future. United fans I hope will share and echo my belief that the club, the management and owners, are doing everything they can to return this great club to where it belongs, and I hope to be there every step of the way. To the greatest fans in world football, thank you, I have loved every minute of playing for you and representing the biggest and best club in the world.

    See you next season.
    Ryan

    Tribute to Ryan
    United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had this to say about the retiring Reds legend and new assistant manager: "Ryan Giggs has been one of the greatest players ever to wear the red shirt of Manchester United. What he has achieved will never be equalled in the English game. In the way he played, he was the embodiment of a Manchester United player - fast, skilful, entertaining and determined to win by playing exciting football. His progress from the ranks of the famous Class of '92 to the most decorated player in this or any club's history is down to his hard work, ability and attitude. He is at the start of an exciting new chapter in his and the club's life but now is the right moment to reflect on the achievements of the finest British player of the last 25 years."

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    Rumours has it that Cesc FÓbregas is coming?

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    Miss the flying Winger who help kick start our Glory days collecting silverwares!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Miss the flying Winger who help kick start our Glory days collecting silverwares!
    We would have new heroes soon...

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    The priortiy concern is we must revamp the defence strategy first. Sourcing for at least 2-3 such players are tentamount to our re-building process. Having said that, we must also agree that good defenders are hard to come by nowadays. As such, with the available funds, this task can be achieved. There should not be any geographical and other restrictions, the scouts should spread the net into wider arena, Asian and Continental defenders must be considered. With a strong back four ( and with good substitutes in those positions), we can reduce a major part of last season below par results, i.e.conceding so many goals. Con-currently, the other areas of the first team will also need to be revisited, star players or not, all equal, they must not only to improve but to excel and perform beyond expectations. Mental Confidence of players are very important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Rumours has it that Cesc FÓbregas is coming?
    Why would he be joining a team worse than Barcelona? Even Everton also better
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizuma View Post

    Why would he be joining a team worse than Barcelona? Even Everton also better
    So why would ppl join Liverpool after so many years without League's champion ?

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    How many world class player had LFC signed for the pass few years without CL ? It's hard to get big name signing without Champion league and the extra money. Last big signing was Torres when we were still in the CL. Suarez was much unknown before he came to LFC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Rumours has it that Cesc FÓbregas is coming?
    Arsenal has the Right Of First Refusal (ROFR) clause on his concession agreement to Barcelona, should be interesting to see how this particular situation pans out in the near future.
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    Malcolm Glazer passes away

    The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United are with the Glazer family tonight following the news that Malcolm Glazer has passed away. He was 85.

    The news was announced earlier on the official website of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFL franchise he acquired ownership of in 1995.

    Malcolm leaves behind his wife Linda, six children and 14 grandchildren. Staff at Manchester United extend deep and sincere condolences to them all at this difficult time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 9V-Orion Images View Post
    Arsenal has the Right Of First Refusal (ROFR) clause on his concession agreement to Barcelona, should be interesting to see how this particular situation pans out in the near future.
    Didn't knew that this clause exist!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizuma View Post
    Why would he be joining a team worse than Barcelona? Even Everton also better
    Maybe he like the challenged to bring Man Utd to become better then Barcelona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolhirako View Post
    So why would ppl join Liverpool after so many years without League's champion ?
    Liverpool has supporters. Other clubs only have fans
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizuma View Post

    Liverpool has supporters. Other clubs only have fans
    Liverpool must be glad that they have a troll supporter like you

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolhirako View Post
    Liverpool must be glad that they have a troll supporter like you
    please don't mind me. I'm just a little cat. ggmu
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    Four Reds win warm-up games


    A trio of Manchester United players were on the winning side at Wembley on Friday night as England notched an encouraging friendly victory over Peru.

    Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck both started behind the scorer of a stunning first goal - Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge - with Southampton's Adam Lallana joining them in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and fellow centre-back Phil Jagielka both netted in the second half before United's Chris Smalling replaced the latter to see out the final 18 minutes of a comfortable 3-0 victory.

    Rooney had been substituted by then, leaving the field with captain Steven Gerrard just after the hour when Jack Wilshere and Raheem Sterling entered the fray. Reds defender Phil Jones was omitted from Roy Hodgson's squad for the match, as his recovery from a shoulder injury continues ahead of Brazil 2014.

    Like Welbeck and co, Juan Mata was also in World Cup warm-up action, helping Spain to beat Bolivia 2-0. The United midfielder started on the right of an attacking trio with Pedro and Fernando Torres but there was disappointment for David De Gea as Liverpool's loaned-out goalkeeper Pepe Reina played instead. Vicente del Bosque's selection means United's Player of the Year will have to wait a while longer to win his first senior cap.

    Spain took the lead early in the second half with a Torres penalty, after Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez was fouled in the area. Mata had been withdrawn at the interval and it was his replacement, Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, who doubled the hosts' winning margin six minutes from time.

    England win

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    Robin vows to repay van Gaal

    Robin van Persie says he would “walk on fire” for Louis van Gaal and insists United’s new manager can lead the Netherlands to World Cup glory.

    Van Persie has regained full fitness following an injury-plagued season at Old Trafford and is determined to produce his deadliest form for van Gaal, who has named the 30-year-old as his captain for next month’s tournament in Brazil.

    “We have a great team,” Robin told quarterly football journal The Blizzard. “We have a good mix of experience, skill and young talent. For a lot of us it will be the last chance, the last cry of a generation. Players like me, Wesley Sneijder, Raphael van der Vaart and others.

    “Personally, I'm in my best period. Van Gaal gave me all the confidence I can ask for. He made me the main striker, my favourite position. At last. He made me captain. I owe him something. So I will be as sharp as a knife in Brazil.

    “I will walk on fire for him if I have to. Like the rest of the team. We have a lot of options. Our coach has a lot of choices over there. I think we are going to do something special: like in 2010 but hopefully this time winning the final.”


    Van Persie the next captain?


    Think Van Gaal will access him in the World Cup before handing him the armband...

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    Four Red Devils win warm-up games


    A trio of Manchester United players were on the winning side at Wembley on Friday night as England notched an encouraging friendly victory over Peru.

    Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck both started behind the scorer of a stunning first goal - Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge - with Southampton's Adam Lallana joining them in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and fellow centre-back Phil Jagielka both netted in the second half before United's Chris Smalling replaced the latter to see out the final 18 minutes of a comfortable 3-0 victory.

    Rooney had been substituted by then, leaving the field with captain Steven Gerrard just after the hour when Jack Wilshere and Raheem Sterling entered the fray. Red Devils defender Phil Jones was omitted from Roy Hodgson's squad for the match, as his recovery from a shoulder injury continues ahead of Brazil 2014.

    Like Welbeck and co, Juan Mata was also in World Cup warm-up action, helping Spain to beat Bolivia 2-0. The United midfielder started on the right of an attacking trio with Pedro and Fernando Torres but there was disappointment for David De Gea as Liverpool's loaned-out goalkeeper Pepe Reina played instead. Vicente del Bosque's selection means United's Player of the Year will have to wait a while longer to win his first senior cap.

    Spain took the lead early in the second half with a Torres penalty, after Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez was fouled in the area. Mata had been withdrawn at the interval and it was his replacement, Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, who doubled the hosts' winning margin six minutes from time.
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