30 days to go until the Premier League starts again; today I will have a LIVE update blog post with the latest news including of-course van Gaal's first press conference as United manager.
The whole point of the first press conference is to outline your goals and objectives for the new season, and given van Gaal's experience you would expect nothing less than clear goals to be set for his team for the new campaign.
Manchester United have gone through a transition period without Sir Alex Ferguson in charge, and van Gaal has been brought in to "steady the ship" as it were which is hardly surprising given his successes with other top European clubs.
He has won the league title in every country that he has managed; Holland, Germany and Spain with Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Can he do the same again with United?
He has also already signed two new players - young full-back Luke Shaw and midfield talent Ander Herrera while on World Cup duty, so it's a clear signal of intent.
van Gaal finished his tenure as Holland manager at the World Cup; the Dutch finished in a very respectable 3rd place and he will be hoping that he can push United further up the table than they were last season, their worst ever finish to a Premier League season since records began in 1992.
|Respectable finish: van Gaal's men finished in 3rd place in the World Cup this year|
15:00 - Only a matter of time before van Gaal is set to take his first press conference as United manager, the media and United supporters around the world are eagerly anticipating this.
15:05 - And he's there now! van Gaal calmly walks to his seat, accompanied by United legend Sir Bobby Charlton.
15:07 - Two minutes of camera flashing from the media photographers, and now van Gaal will open the conference.
15:08 - van Gaal thanks Sir Bobby Charlton as a boyhood hero, making him feel involved in the club.
15:09 - van Gaal says that United are "the biggest club in the world" and within 2 days he realises "how big United are" - saying that he has to adapt to the big club and the future shall show if he can win more trophies in England.
15:10 - Question asked as to what he can achieve: he says that United need to keep proving themselves despite the fact that they are a big club. "Last season - You are 7th."
15:11 - "I manage Barcelona, biggest club in Spain; I manage Ajax, biggest club in Holland; I manage Bayern, biggest club in Germany."
"So now, I manage United - biggest club in England."
15:12 - When asked whether he still needs to buy more players; he replied: "I want to see what my players can do in the first 3/4 weeks, then maybe we will sign more players."
15:13 - "Shaw and Herrera were already on the list, I have given my approval because I like them."
15:14 - When asked about the captaincy: "Everyone is a ready candidate for the captain's armband, but I will need time to choose because it is very important."
15:15 - "The owners and the CEO have a lot of confidence in me, that is why they have come to me. I explained my philosophy to them, but in football you cannot predict.
15:17 - Whether he should have taken a quick holiday after the World Cup finished: "I am not allowed - when there is a chance to join someone like Manchester United you cannot refuse."
15:19 - His strong personality and how to describe his management: "I don't know the words but I am empathetic to human feelings, but other characteristics are also important."
15:20 - His targets and what he would class as success: "I don't know - I will have to see how the players play and then I will see, I have not worked with many of them before so there has to be a click first."
15:21 - How the Bundesliga and the Spanish League compare to the Premier League: "I'm sorry, but when I was managing both those clubs the leagues were the best - hopefully it can be the same when I am here."
15:23 - "I hope that I can achieve some of what Sir Alex has done here."
15:24 - Sir Alex and whether he has spoken to him: "We know each other very well and I shall drink coffee and drink wine with him, maybe the better wine I imagine."
15:27 - Following the departures, how big a role do the other players have on the team going forward:
"You have to know that I am not always convinced on the experience on the players; I have said a lot of times in the media about Seedorf (who was 16 at the time), and I let him play his debut for Ajax. He was more experienced than some 30-year-olds.
15:28 - "Unfortunately, Michael Carrick has injured himself in training over the past 2 days and he will be missed for his experience."
15:30 - And that concludes the press conference for van Gaal, that was an intriguing one!
15:32 - There is obviously a lot to take from that media conference, van Gaal looks like a man on a mission to bring United back up to the successful times they were before Sir Alex retired.
15:35 - 16:15.
Tom Ince (Blackpool) - Hull City, contract expiry
Thorgan Hazard (Chelsea) - Borussia Monchengladbach, loan
|Eden Hazard's younger brother Thorgan is off on-loan again; to Borussia Monchengladbach|
|Done: Barry has signed for Everton on a three-year-deal from City, after a successful loan spell|
|Tadic signals Southampton's first summer signing of the transfer window, what a deal!|
|Intent: Arsenal announced the deal for Sanchez last Friday, as they unveiled their new kit|
Tin Jedvaj (Roma) - Bayer Leverkusen, loan deal
Yann M'Vila (Rubin Kazan) - Inter Milan, loan deal
Sébastien Pocognoli (Hannover) - West Brom, undisclosed fee
Rémy Cabella (Montpellier) - Newcastle, £7million
Matthias Ginter (Freiburg) - Dortmund, £6million
Adil Rami (Valencia) - AC Milan, undisclosed fee
Lazar Markovic (Benfica) - Liverpool, £20million
Ashley Cole (Chelsea) - Roma, contract expiry
|Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole has joined Italian side Roma, his first club outside of London!|
Emmanuel Riviere (AS Monaco) - Newcastle, £6million
|French revolution: Riviere becomes the 10th Frenchman in Newcastle's squad, signing for £6m|
Here are the latest pictures from Spain:
16:35 - Kroos' presentation is online, and I am watching it currently. Any news, I will bring it to you all.
16:36 - As he flew to Spain earlier, he was quoted as saying: "I'm excited to join Real, they have a number of great players and I am happy to be joining."
16:37 - Nothing really is happening, just showing his highlights at Bayern and Germany at the moment as well as him greeting new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
16:40 - BREAKING NEWS: Swansea striker Michu has joined Italian side Napoli on a season-long loan deal.
|Napoli have announced the signing of Swansea striker Michu for the 2014-15 season|
|DONE DEAL: Toni Kroos has left Bayern for Real Madrid, in a £25million move.|