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Van Gaal already impressing at United

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Louis van Gaal was officially unveiled as Manchester United manager on Thursday © PA Photos
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Louis van Gaal has already made a positive impression at Manchester United, the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has told MUTV.

Van Gaal was officially unveiled as United manager on Thursday after his time in charge of the Netherlands came to an end following their third-place finish at the World Cup.

The Dutchman is currently with his new squad in the USA as part of their pre-season preparations and Woodward likes what he sees from the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach.

"He's got incredible energy and very importantly he likes attacking football. If you remember the Barcelona team [he managed] in the late '90s, who played incredible, attacking football, and those games we had against them in '98-99, that's the kind of football Manchester United fans love. It's part of our DNA," Woodward said.

"The second part of what he likes is giving youth a chance. He's got a track record littered with giving young players a break in the first team, who have gone on to be stars. Clearly that's Manchester United's philosophy and we want him to continue with that.

"I've personally found him very warm. He's a very clear communicator and very direct. I like that in people; I'm a very direct person myself. He's a stickler for planning and that's something we as a club do very well. We plan everything in a lot of detail and that's going to be a good fit.

"We've got someone who has confidence in himself about making difficult decisions and, when you boil down what makes a great manager, one of the key characteristics is making difficult decisions and we've clearly got a manager who can do that.

"I'm hearing a lot of good feedback from a lot of people about him and there is a huge amount of goodwill towards him and the coaching staff. Every interaction he's having with people is leaving an imprint, which is superb."

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