Louis van Gaal is the man tasked with bringing success back to Manchester United after being named as manager.
Van Gaal – current coach of the Holland national side – will take charge at Old Trafford after the World Cup with Ryan Giggs as his assistant.
The 62-year-old former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss, has signed a three-year contract with United where he succeeds David Moyes, who was sacked last month.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today.
“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.”
The vastly experienced Van Gaal was quickly identified as the club’s top target after ex-Preston boss Moyes was sacked.
The appointment of Giggs, 40, ends speculation over the future of the club’s most decorated player.
Giggs had served as interim manager for the final four games of last season.
Moyes, appointed only last year following the retirement of the long-serving Sir Alex Ferguson, paid the price for a poor season.
United, champions in 2013, could only finish seventh this year and therefore failed to qualify for European football.
Van Gaal inherits a squad that has slipped to a low ebb but he boasts a rich pedigree and can handle big-name players.