Not true! Manchester United dismiss Van Gaal claims

Louis Van Gaal

Manchester United have reportedly dismissed claims that they have held talks with Louis van Gaal about possibly taking over from David Moyes

Reports this morning claimed Manchester United representatives had held 'secret talks' with Louis van Gaal about the possibility of taking over from David Moyes at Old Trafford.

Firstly, they clearly were not too 'secret' given that they were soon plastered over the back-pages of newspapers up and down the country and on websites considerably further afield.  And secondly, Moyes has been in the job less than a year - it was always going to take him time to find his feet and, more importantly, build his own team.

And now United have reportedly had their say on the latest reports, with RTE among a number of sites revealing that Press Association Sport claims the reigning English champions have no idea where the latest story has come from.

It is claimed the club are surprised at the report and have denied that any meeting took place.

While Moyes has struggled this season, he has also shown glimpses of the team he wants to oversee, with the likes of Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa and Adnan Januzaj shining in the attacking-third and David de Gea continuing his evolution into one of Europe's best goalkeepers.

While the squad is certainly in need of a overhaul in central midfield and defensive areas, given time and money there is no reason why Moyes cannot do that.

And if the latest report is believed, it seems he certainly will, with stories of van Gaal's possible arrival considerably wide of the mark

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