Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal, center, will take the reins at Manchester United after the World Cup. (VI Images/Getty)
The worst-kept secret in Manchester is out: Louis van Gaal will be the next manager of Manchester United.
Van Gaal, who is currently the coach of the Netherlands, will guide the Dutch in the World Cup and head to Old Trafford after the Oranje's time in Brazil is up. He will take the reins from interim manager Ryan Giggs, who is going to stay on as an assistant coach, according to a club statement.
"In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today," club chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement. "He has achieved many things in his career to date and Old Trafford provides him with a fitting stage on which to write new chapters in the Manchester United story."
Van Gaal has signed a three-year contract that will begin in the 2014-15 campaign. For what it's worth, David Moyes signed a six-year deal following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement and lasted less than 11 months, but van Gaal's pedigree is vastly different. While Moyes was tabbed as someone ready to take the leap and manage a big club on the grand stage, van Gaal has been there and done that. The 62-year-old won the Champions League while at Ajax and has also managed the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich in his illustrious career.
“It was always a wish for me to work in the Premier League," van Gaal told the club's official website. "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.”
First up before trying to guide the Red Devils back to prominence: Getting out of a tough World Cup group. The Netherlands faces defending champion Spain -- in a rematch of the 2010 final -- Chile and Australia in Group B this summer.