Louis van Gaal Oct 31, 2014 8:03:50 GMT
Post by Jie on Oct 31, 2014 8:03:50 GMT
Van Gaal was confirmed to replace David Moyes as the new manager for Manchester United on 19 May 2014. He signed a three-year contract coming into effect after the 2014 World Cup. Van Gaal named Ryan Giggs as his assistant manager, Marcel Bout as assistant coach, specialising in oppositional scouting, and Frans Hoek as goalkeeping coach. Albert Stuivenberg was appointed as assistant coach. Van Gaal claimed he had inherited a "broken" United squad, and that he would give youth a chance. Ed Woodward said Van Gaal had "impressed everyone around the club" and that there was "a real positive energy and buzz around the place".
Van Gaal's first signings were midfielder Ander Herrera for £29 million, and defender Luke Shaw for £30 million. On 26 August he signed Argentine winger Ángel Di María from Real Madrid on a five-year contract, the £59.7 million fee setting a new record for a signing by an English club, and taking the club's summer spending to a reported £130 million. On transfer deadline day, Van Gaal signed Daley Blind from Ajax for a fee of £14 million. and was granted an extension to sign Radamel Falcao on loan from AS Monaco for a reported £6 million.
On 24 July, he managed United for the first time as they beat LA Galaxy 7–0 in a pre-season friendly, using a 3-5-2 formation. Manchester United won the 2014 International Champions Cup under Van Gaal, winning the final 3–1 against rivals Liverpool on 4 August.
Van Gaal lost his first official game in charge, a 2–1 home defeat to Swansea City in the opening match of the Premier League season. On 26 August, United lost 4–0 to League One side Milton Keynes Dons in the second round of the League Cup. Van Gaal won his first competitive game in United's fourth match of the league season, a 4–0 home victory over Queens Park Rangers with goals from Di María, Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.