Louis Van Gaal Arrives At Man U Training Ground

Louis van Gaal’s reign as Manchester United manager began on Wednesday as he arrived at the club’s training ground for the first time.

The Dutchman was appointed in May but has been in Brazil throughout the summer, guiding the Netherlands to a third-placed finish at the World Cup.

United returned for pre-season training on 4 July, with assistant Ryan Giggs taking charge in Van Gaal’s absence.

Van Gaal will hold a press conference at 15.00 (3pm) on Thursday.

The 62-year-old, who was pictured at Carrington  – where he met players and other staff – has been asked to rejuvenate United following last season’s disappointing campaign under David Moyes.

And Van Gaal has said he is aiming to instil the same team unity at Old Trafford as the Dutch side displayed in Brazil.

“I hope the group in Manchester will become like this one,” said Van Gaal after the Dutch ended their World Cup with a 3-0 victory over the host nation in the third-place play-off game.

“We have to sing from the same hymn sheet.”

A United squad, containing new signings Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, bought in at a combined cost of £56m, head to the United States on Friday for a five-match tour.

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