Louis Van Gaal: The Biography by Maarten Meijer, out in July.


“I think what fans need to consider is that this season will be a new start for United. It’s almost like it’s the end of an era at the club, with Ryan Giggs hanging up his boots and players like Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra all leaving – it’s a big change for the team. Nobody expected what would happen under David Moyes last season and obviously United will want to leave that behind them as quickly as they can. In that respect, Louis van Gaal is a man with a very strong personality and a very strong philosophy, so he will try to implement that process right away.
But not only will the players will have to buy into his philosophy, people must realise the process will take time. At this moment he has to build a new team because United are still a team that can be beaten, unless proven otherwise at the start of the new Premier League season.”