MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Highlights in the career of Louis van Gaal, who was hired as manager of Manchester United on Monday:
1951 -- Born Aug. 8 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1972 -- Signs as a professional with Ajax but does not break into the first team.
1977 -- After spells at Antwerp and Telstar, joins Sparta Rotterdam.
1986 -- Works as player-assistant coach under Han Berger, then Hans Eijkenbroek at AZ Alkmaar.
1987 -- Retires from playing but continues as assistant to coach Eijkenbroek at AZ.
1988 -- Appointed assistant to coach Leo Beenhakker at Ajax.
1991 -- Takes over as Ajax coach after Beenhakker leaves for Real Madrid. Wins UEFA Cup in first season.
1993 -- Wins the Dutch Cup with Ajax.
1994 -- Wins the first of three straight Dutch league titles with Ajax.
1995 -- Wins the Champions League with Ajax, beating AC Milan 1-0 in the final in Vienna. Also wins the league title, UEFA Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup in the same year.
1997 -- Appointed coach of Barcelona, succeeding Bobby Robson, winning successive Spanish league titles in his first two seasons, as well as the 1997 UEFA Super Cup and 1998 Copa del Rey.
2000 -- Leaves Barcelona after finishing second to Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league and is appointed coach of the Netherlands.
2002 -- Resigns as Netherlands coach after failing to qualify for the World Cup, replaced by Guus Hiddink. Returns to Barcelona in July but is fired six months later with the club 12th in the Spanish league.
2004 -- Has a brief spell as Ajax technical director.
2005 -- Appointed coach of AZ Alkmaar, taking the team to second in the league in his first season, then third the year after.
2008 -- Threatens to resign as AZ coach after an 11th-place finish, but stays at the club and wins his fourth career Dutch title the following season.
2009 -- Appointed coach of Bayern Munich, replacing Jupp Heynckes, and wins the German league and cup double in his first season.
2010 -- Named coach of the year by the Association of German Sports Journalists.
2011 -- Fired as Bayern coach with the team fourth in the Bundesliga, following reports of disagreements with players and management.
2012 -- Rejoins the Netherlands national side as coach, leading the team unbeaten through qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
2014 -- Dutch Football Association confirms Van Gaal will be replaced as Netherlands coach by Hiddink following the World Cup. Hired as Manchester United manager.