In less than two weeks, Louis van Gaal has made a huge impression as Manchester United boss. But as well as getting guidance from assistant manager Ryan Giggs, the Dutchman brought with him a backroom team essential to his way of working. Here, he introduces them...
Frans Hoek Goalkeeping coach I've been working with Frans Hoek for more than 20 years. He is my goalkeeping coach and, for me, the goalkeeping coach has to have the same philosophy. He worked with me at Ajax Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now in Manchester. I think it's good that he's my coach for the goalkeepers here.
Albert Stuivenberg Assistant coach I have worked with Albert now for only one year and that is peculiar for me. Normally with my coaches I always have a longstanding relationship with them, but he has so much talent this boy. I picked him up in the [Netherlands] Federation, he was my coach for the Under-21s and worked as my scout in the World Cup. He did a remarkable job and that's why I want to reward him to be my assistant here as a coach. He has made a fantastic impression on me but also on the players, that's much more important I think. But I have only known him for one year.
Marcel Bout Opposition scout Marcel will scout the future opponent. I have worked with him since 2006 when I was at AZ Alkmaar. It's only a small team – maybe you have heard of them? – but with that minor club I was also the champion of the Netherlands.
Jos van Dijk Training physiologist He writes my [training] programmes, he has also been working with me since AZ. We