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The ego has landed: Van Gaal takes United job

By Robert Jones

The man who makes Jose Mourinho look positively modest was last night installed as the new manager of Manchester United.

Louis van Gaal – an individual who is far from unaware of his own ability – has agreed a three-year contract to take over from the sacked David Moyes at Old Trafford.

Yet van Gaal was almost upstaged by his newly-appointed assistant Ryan Giggs (right) – who announced yesterday that he was bringing the curtain down on his long and distinguished playing career.

Van Gaal, 62, will take the reins at Old Trafford after Holland's interest in the 2014 World Cup is over.

He may have an ego – but he backs it up with a cv that is the envy of most managers in world football.

Van Gaal wins things with every club he goes to, and United desperately need a man like that in charge after the disastrous, failed and short-lived experiment with Moyes.

"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," said van Gaal.

"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."

Van Gaal a big man for a big job, pages 54-55

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