As widely expected, Manchester United (MANU -0.7%) have named Dutchman Louis van Gaal as manager to replace David Moyes, who was recently sacked following a disastrous season in charge.
Van Gaal's success at some of Europe's biggest clubs, as well as his strong personality, should help prevent him from being hampered by the long shadow cast by Alex Ferguson's glory filled years at United.
Van Gaal, who has signed a three-year deal, has won the Champions League and the Dutch league with Ajax, the Spanish title with Barcelona, and the German Bundesliga with Bayern Munich. He's currently the manager of the Dutch national team for the World Cup.
Manchester United has also named veteran player Ryan Giggs as assistant manager. With van Gaal being 62, presumably the aim is for Giggs to take over in a few years time. (PR)