Louis van Gaal has arrived in Manchester to start his reign as the new manager of Manchester United.
The Dutchman – who guided the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the World Cup – landed at the city’s airport around midday and will travel to United’s Carrington training base this afternoon.
He will then meet the United squad for the first time and is expected to put the players through their paces at a training session.
Van Gaal has already spoken about building a strong bond within the squad, with reports suggesting the players will be told to eat together every day after training.
United fans will be hoping for improvement after last season’s disappointing Premier League finish and lack of major silverware, but Rene Meulensteen, a former Old Trafford coach, insists van Gaal will relish this challenge.
“I don’t think it will faze Louis van Gaal at all in that respect, there are no worries there,” he told Sky Sports News. “He will only thrive on it to some extent.
“But you really notice it when you’re really getting into the routine, especially when you’re going into pre-season and you see the massive popularity of the club and brand, that’s what it is.
“To maintain that they have to get back up very, very quickly.”
Van Gaal has acquired a fiery reputation during his hugely successful managerial career and Meulensteen believes the players must accept it or face a swift exit from the club.
“He’s got his own management style, which has thrown up a few difficulties along the way wherever he’s been, Barcelona or Bayern Munich because of the way that he is, the way he puts himself in front of players,” he said.
“Players accept it or players sometimes don’t. If they don’t accept it, then yeah you probably have a problem.”
A seventh-place finish in the top tier underlined how far the club have slipped behind their main rivals and there is only a month before the opening home fixture against Swansea.
Meulensteen, who worked alongside Sir Alex Ferguson, admits van Gaal will need time to build the club back into one of the major forces in English football.
“They’ve had Sir Alex Ferguson and they’ve had a disastrous season with David Moyes, now another one comes in, so that will take time,” he said.
“United at this moment in time, (will be) seen by the opposition still a team that can be beaten unless proven otherwise.”
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