New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will raid the Bundesliga to lift the quality of the playing staff. The Holland coach's appointment as David Moyes' successor on a three-year deal was finally confirmed at 2pm on Monday, an hour after an internal email informed staff of the new managerial structure.

The Daily Mail says Van Gaal will officially start work after the World Cup, but he has already begun shaping United's fortunes for next season, by ordering a series of backroom departures and arrivals and drawing up a list of transfer targets.

While Germany defenders Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) and Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), midfielders such as Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben and striker Mario Mandzukic (all Bayern Munich) are all under consideration, decisions have already been implemented on back-up staff.

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