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Sir Alex Ferguson has backed the "formidable" Louis van Gaal to restore the club's fortunes.
The 63-year-old Dutchman is currently attempting to revitalise United after replacing David Moyes at Old Trafford in the summer.
Writing in his updated autobiography, Ferguson described Van Gaal as "a good choice".
He said: "Louis, who took the job, is what I would call a managers' coach. He's one of these committed ultra-professionals. Football is his life.
"Wherever he has managed, every footballer will have learned from him. He's strong, single-minded, as he showed again with the Netherlands at the World Cup - a marvellously entertaining tournament which supported my earlier point about teams counter-attacking nowadays en masse.
"I like Louis and have always had a good rapport with him. If I had to choose one word for him it would be 'formidable'.
"His urge is to play attractive football. He likes to watch players play and players train and to be involved at all levels, including in the development of young players.
"His background at Ajax shows that his faith in youth will not diminish. He was a good choice."
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Luke Shaw has vowed to improve and admitted he is yet to hit top form at Manchester United.
The £27million defender knows he has struggled to adapt since his summer move from Southampton.
And the 19-year-old, who played in United's 2-2 draw at West Brom on Monday, has given an honest assessment of his start at Old Trafford.
Shaw, who played for England in this summer's World Cup, also dropped back to the Under-21s this month to help them qualify for Euro 2015.
They haven't seen the best of me yet. I know I haven't been up to my full potential and I think maybe people can see that at the moment. I am trying hard and it's about getting used to everything.
When you come to a club like this it's never easy for a young player like me. But I'll get myself started soon and put in good performances.
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David Moyes says he is ready to return to management following his disastrous spell in charge of Manchester United.
Moyes, who was sacked less than 10 months after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, said he was waiting for the right opportunity to repair his reputation.
"I am ready to return," he told the BBC.
"I have enjoyed the time off but I have got to wait on the right job and make sure it's one that I want.
"....I am hoping that the next club I join gives me the chance to build a team, because I think that is what I am good at," the former Everton boss added.
David Beckham made a cancer patient's dream come true when he paid a surprise visit to meet the youngster.
Lloyd Burton, 11, from Shrewsbury, met the star while filming Stand Up To Cancer, the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.
The Manchester United fan had his own budding football career cut short when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour (medulloblastoma) in May last year.
Before his diagnosis, he had been scouted by Manchester United, Aston Villa, Port Vale and Shrewsbury for their junior teams. But following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Lloyd now uses a wheelchair.
I had no idea that I was going to meet David Beckham, it was such a brilliant surprise.
"He was really nice and we chatted lots. He told me a bit about his family and other normal stuff and we talked about football quite a lot too. I love football and Beckham is one of my favourite players so I'll always remember that day."
The meeting will be aired during Friday's Stand Up To Cancer TV show, starting at 7pm on Channel 4. For more information about the campaign, visit www.standuptocancer.org.uk