Van Gaal hails Man United

  • By: Graeme Bailey
  • Last Updated: May 20 2014, 13:12 BST

Louis van Gaal believes he has joined the 'biggest club in the world' after his appointment as Manchester United boss was confirmed.

Van Gaal hails Man United

Van Gaal is currently with Holland as he oversees their World Cup preparations but has spoken to Dutch TV about his new role, which he will take up once his duties in Brazil are over.

Van Gaal has previously won titles at Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich, and is not holding back in his ambitions for United.

"The aim is to bring them back to the number-one position as soon as possible, because that's where they were under Sir Alex Ferguson," he told Dutch TV station RTL.

"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."

Van Gaal confirmed that he has already discussed plans for the squad.

"We didn't talk about money," Van Gaal said.

"We talked about the players I want. We'll see if we can get them. We also talked about who can go."

Van Gaal was officially appointed on a three-year deal on Monday.

England star Wayne Rooney was quick to welcome his new boss to Old Trafford.

The 28-year-old tweeted: "Great to see Louis Van Gaal has been named @ManUtd manager. Looking forward to working with him."

The England striker also offered his congratulations to former team-mate Giggs, who has decided to end his illustrious playing career at Old Trafford to become Van Gaal's assistant.

"Congratulations also to Ryan Giggs on a special career and becoming assistant manager, I'm sure he will do a great job," Rooney tweeted.

Youngster Adnan Januzaj, whose emergence was one of the most positive aspects of David Moyes' ill-fated reign, is looking forward to working with the new manager.

The 19-year-old said: "He is an excellent coach, who has won a lot of prizes. I think United are facing a bright future."

One of Van Gaal's first jobs has been to appoint Ryan Giggs as his assistant.

The long-serving Giggs, 40, has ended his glittering 24-season playing career to take up the opportunity.

Januzaj said: "Giggs is very important to us. He gets a lot of respect and also helps me constantly."

United are still to clarify the future of two of Moyes' backroom staff in coach Phil Neville and goalkeeping coach Chris Woods.

It is also unclear whether Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, who came into the first-team coaching set-up during Giggs' recent four-match spell as interim manager, will still have prominent roles.

Butt had previously been working in the club's youth structure while Scholes, who retired as a player a year ago, was brought in by Giggs.