Manchester United directors are delighted with the decision to secure Louis van Gaal as new manager.

The People says senior United sources are cock-a-hoop at their decision to appoint van Gaal.

The Dutchman's stock was already high after managing Barcelona and Bayern Munich but Van Gaal's impact with Holland at the World Cup has been the "icing on the cake", ­according to sources.

Van Gaal has been in regular contact with key members of the board as well as new assistant boss Ryan Giggs while out in Brazil.

Club officials have been impressed by his decisiveness, clear-thinking and the key objectives he aims to pursue once he is in position this week.

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