Louis van Gaal begins a new era in his career and opens the next chapter in Manchester United's history this week when he arrives in town to take up the reins as manager and assumes control of preparations for the 2014/15 season.
In an exclusive MUTV documentary, Louis van Gaal: The story so far, which aired on Monday to mark the launch of the channel's switch to HD, former players and colleagues painted a picture of the Dutchman's management style and successes.
MUTV visited Holland, Spain and Germany – van Gaal's former haunts as manager with Ajax, AZ Alkmaar, Barcelona and Bayern Munich – and in each country found players, club staff and journalists enthusing about his successes, entertaining press conferences and lasting legacy of his football philosophy.
"For me, he was an amazing coach," says Ronald de Boer, a star during Ajax's successful spell in the 1990s. "If you look back through the names in that team – van der Sar, my brother, Overmars, Kluivert, Davids, Seedorf – you think, 'all those players are stars'. But at that time we weren't stars, we were just up-and-coming stars.
"Van Gaal worked well with younger players and he was telling us which direction we should go. He did it with so much passion and belief so we followed him. And he was always right."
Clarence Seedorf, De Boer's team-mate at club and national team level, added: "He is a coach who knows how to pass his philosophy onto his teams. What you saw in the Ajax period when I was there, that is van Gaal. He is a great coach and