Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has praised Louis van Gaal following his first season in charge of the club.
Van Gaal took over from David Moyes at Man United last summer and has steadied the ship over the course of the campaign.
United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal in March but van Gaal has ensured Champions League football is all but secured for next season.
Woodward revealed he and the United board are “pleased” with the 63-year-old’s debut season at Old Trafford.
In a statement announcing United’s third-quarterly financial results, Woodward said: “As the season approaches its conclusion, we are pleased with the team’s performance in Louis van Gaal‘s first season as manager and are well positioned to achieve a top four finish in the Premier League and to return to European football next year.”
United went through a disastrous season under David Moyes last year and van Gaal has done a good job at picking up the pieces.
Although van Gaal appears to have fallen out with the likes of Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria, he has transformed players such as Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young. The 63-year-old is pushing United in the right direction and next season is all set to be a memorable one.