Last weekend, rumours circulated that Louis van Gaal had held talks with Manchester United representatives to discuss the possibility of the Dutchman taking over from David Moyes at Old Trafford.
The initial report came from De Telegraaf but was swiftly denied by United, who said they knew nothing about the stories and were surprised by the link. And yet those denials have apparently not travelled as far as Holland – or they have simply been ignored – because the same newspaper is persisting with the van Gaal rumours.
This time, the paper claims the current Holland boss has a big decision to make with two “dream jobs” said to be on the horizon in the form of the United and Tottenham Hotspur hot-seats.
The links to Spurs make sense. After all, Tim Sherwood is widely believed to be moving on this summer and van Gaal has long been tipped as his successor. But why the newspaper would persevere with the United links when the club moved so quickly to deny them is a mystery.
The most recent report even goes so far as to claim that the Glazers were “very impressed” with the Dutch coach following last Friday’s reported conversation – one, let’s not forget, that United deny ever happening.
Despite United’s struggles this season it would still come as a surprise if Moyes was dismissed. Many in the game feel he will be given at least one more transfer window, along with sufficient funds to rebuild a squad that is in need of a transformation.
But as long as the van Gaal rumours persist, a shadow will hang over the former Everton boss. But in the United job, it may be something he simply has to get used to.