David Beckham: Louis van Gaal a great appointment for Man United

Manchester United legend David Beckham backs Louis van Gaal's appointment as next Red Devils boss

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Manchester United legend David Beckham Photo: David Beckham/Facebook

David Beckham has hailed Manchester United’s decision to appointment Louis van Gaal as their new manager.

The current Netherlands head coach penned a three-year deal with the 20-time English champions on Monday after weeks of speculation linking the 62-year-old with the Red Devils.

Although Beckham has never worked under Van Gaal, the former Real Madrid midfielder believes the Dutchman’s appointment is great news for United after a seventh-place finish last term.

“He has got a history of working with young players, bringing players through academy systems at places like Ajax,” Beckham told Sky Sports News. “That can only be great for Manchester United.

“As a Manchester United fan and for Manchester United as a club, to have someone like this with his pedigree – he has worked with some of the biggest and best players in the world.”

Louis van Gaal fact-file

• Having never made it beyond the reserve team at his first club, Ajax, Van Gaal spent most of his playing career as a Sparta midfielder, retiring in 1987 after a season with AZ, where he started his coaching career as an assistant.

• Took on a similar coaching role at hometown club Ajax, under Leo Beenhakker, from 1988 to 1991 before moving up to the top job on his mentor’s departure.

• Had six glorious years at Ajax, winning three Eredivisie titles, a Dutch Cup, the 1992 Uefa Cup and the 1995 Champions League; defended that title in 1996 all the way to a penalty shoot-out defeat by Juventus in the final. Was awarded an Order of the Oranje-Nassau in 1997 and made a knight.

• Moved to Spain the same year for a three-season stint at Barcelona, winning two Liga titles and a Copa del Rey. Became Netherlands coach in 2000 in an unsuccessful bid to qualify the Oranje for the 2002 Fifa World Cup. Returned briefly to Barça before a spell out of coaching.

• Took over at Alkmaar in 2005, steering them to their first Eredivisie title since 1981 in April 2009. Appointed coach of Bayern a month later, as a replacement for caretaker Jupp Heynckes. He lost to Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan in the Champions League final in 2010.

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