Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes that the club’s “shocking” 2013/14 will be quickly forgotten under Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman is set to officially step into the Old Trafford dugout after his World Cup duties with the Netherlands end in a weeks’ time.

He will be the permanent successor to David Moyes, who endured a woeful season at the help of United.

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The Scot saw the Red Devils slip from champions to a side that will not be in any form of European competition next season, and was sacked as soon as Champion League qualification became a mathematical impossibility.

Scholes believes that his old club have got the right man in, and that van Gaal will improve things at the Theatre of Dreams:

“Right now, Manchester United fans (and myself) cannot wait for Louis van Gaal to get the job started at Old Trafford.” He wrote in his Paddy Power column.

“Van Gaal seems to have the Midas touch, and with his coaching reputation and vast experience he can bring a lot to the club.

“It’s not a vintage Holland team he’s managing and van Gaal has got them to the brink of a World Cup Final. He’s going to have to perform a similar operation at United after a shocking season in 2013/2014.

“He’ll improve last year’s performance by 20/25 per cent, I feel. As well as the new signings, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, (and hopefully more to come) he’ll bring more out of the players who are already there. I’m actually really excited about next season.”