London: In only four weeks, new manager Louis van Gaal has revived Manchester United to such an extent that they approach the 2014-15 Premier League season brimming with rediscovered optimism. (Complete coverage of EPL)
Emboldened by his achievements at the World Cup in Brazil, where he steered his native Netherlands to the semi-finals, the straight-talking 63-year-old was quick to make his presence felt at United. (Also read: Wayne Rooney is Manchester United's new captain)
From upbraiding the club for organising an arduous pre-season tour of the United States to instilling a new 3-4-1-2 formation, he has wasted little time, and the players have responded with unabashed positivity.