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
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.