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Roy Hodgson congratulates new 'chosen one' Louis van Gaal

Updated: Thursday, 22 May 2014 15:38 | Comments

Roy Hodgson on Louis van Gaal: 'He has been asked to take on a big job and my congratulations to him for that'
Roy Hodgson on Louis van Gaal: 'He has been asked to take on a big job and my congratulations to him for that'

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Louis van Gaal has been congratulated by England manager Roy Hodgson for being the "chosen one" - although the newly-appointed Manchester United boss will be hoping to have more success than the man previously given that title, David Moyes.

After Alex Ferguson called time on his glittering Old Trafford career last summer, the Scot hand-selected compatriot Moyes to become his successor after 26 years.

Moyes was nicknamed 'The Chosen One' as a result and a banner with that sobriquet hung in the Stretford End until his sacking in April.

It was announced this week that Van Gaal will take the United reins after managing Holland at this year's World Cup - an appointment praised by England boss Hodgson, albeit with an unfortunately familiar phrase.

"I know Louis," he said. "I don't know him very well but I am more than a passing acquaintance. I have always got on very well with him when we've met.

"We had a mutual friend in (former Holland player and manager) Rinus Michels so he was the person who introduced in the first instance.

"I am pleased for him. He has been asked to take on a big job and my congratulations to him for that.

"But when it comes to all of these appointments with club teams I don't think it is for national team managers to involve themselves or suggest anything other than the club have made their decision and I can only congratulate Louis on being the chosen one."

Meanwhile, United striker Wayne Rooney has welcomed Van Gaal's appointment and the club's decision to keep Ryan Giggs on board as assistant manager.

"I think it is a great appointment," Rooney said. "I think everybody knew for the last few weeks that Louis van Gaal was going to take over and the record he has got around European football is fantastic.

"He has won a lot of major trophies and it is great that it is sorted out now.

"It is obviously great that Ryan has stayed with him as his number two. It is exciting and it is going to be an exciting time at the club."

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