• Louis van Gaal with Ryan Giggs and Ed Woodward in a new era for Manchester United.
  • Van Gaal was confirmed as the new manager of United before the World Cup.
  • Van Gaal's first head coach role came at Ajax, where he won the Champions League in 1995.
  • Van Gaal was appointed as Barcelona coach in 1997 and won league titles in his first two seasons at the club.
  • Van Gaal's Barca twice drew 3-3 with Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United during the Treble winners' successful Champions League.
  • Van Gaal, though, frequently clashed with the media and star players, resulting in his exit after an unsuccessful 1999/2000 season.
  • After a brief return to Barcelona and a spell in charge of the Netherlands, Van Gaal was appointed as AZ Alkmaar coach in 2005.
  • Van Gaal fractured his leg when, aged 56, he attempted to prove he could still pole vault at a reunion of his old athletic club.
  • After second, third and 11th-placed finishes, Van Gaal led AZ Alkmaar to the Eredivisie title in 2008-09.
  • Van Gaal was appointed as Bayern Munich coach in 2009, calling the German giants his 'dream club'.
  • Van Gaal replaced Jurgen Klinsmann and made Arjen Robben one of his first signings.
  • Van Gaal got off to a poor start in his first season but Bayern turned things around to win the Bundesliga title.
  • As well as the Bundesliga title, Bayern won the DFB-Pokal with a 4-0 victory over Werder Bremen.
  • Van Gaal promoted youth players, like Thomas Muller and Holger Badstuber, while also converting winger Bastian Schweinsteiger.
  • Van Gaal was voted Manager of the Year by the German PFA.
  • Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expressed his desire to extend Van Gaal's contract after a successful first campaign in charge.
  • Van Gaal's first season also ended with a Champions League final appearance.
  • But Bayern lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan in Madrid and were denied the Treble.
  • During a poor second season, it was agreed in March that Van Gaal's contract would be cancelled at the end of the campaign.
  • However, he was sacked in April 2011 after Bayern surrendered third place in the Bundesliga.
  • A year after leaving Bayern, Van Gaal was appointed as the Netherlands coach for a second time.
  • Under Van Gaal, the Netherlands won nine and drew one of their ten World Cup qualifiers with a goal difference of 34-5 to secure their place in Brazil.
  • Van Gaal took the Netherlands to the finals and finished third before starting his new role at Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal - career

Louis van Gaal with Ryan Giggs and Ed Woodward in a new era for Manchester United.