After much speculation, the Dutch national team coach has been confirmed as the new boss of Manchester United. 

Even before David Moyes left Old Trafford, there had been plenty of speculation regarding his replacement, with Louis van Gaal's name chief among them, and there was clearly truth to the rumours as the Dutchman was confirmed this afternoon as the new boss. 

An official statement on the club website said that the 62-year-old will take over for the 2014/15 season and has signed a three-year contract (perhaps the lessons were learned from the Moyes deal), bringing Ryan Giggs in as his assistant and Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout to the back room staff. 

Ed Woodward, who has also come in for a lot of criticism in the wake of Moyes' departure said of the appointment that "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."