Louis van Gaal may have denied that talks took place between him and Manchester United during David Moyes tenure, but the reports linking the Dutchman with the now vacant position continue.
In truth, there is no other available manager better suited to the job than the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach. And for all the fanfare surrounding Ryan Giggs’ succesful dugout debut, the Welshman is someway off the finished article.
So for now the likelihood remains that van Gaal will ultimately take charge, and former Chelsea and Holland winger Boudewijn Zenden has told Talk Sport what United can expect if the 62-year-old does arrive.
“What he brings is attacking football and I’m sure the fans would like that as they have done in the past,” Zenden said.
“He’s a day-to-day manager, not one who just comes in on the weekend. He’s very much hands-on. Other than that, he knows how to deal with the bigger players.
“He’s a manager that likes to work with the youngsters as well so, for the academy at Manchester United it would be a good thing.”
Much has already been said about van Gaal’s attacking style and his focus on youth, so when you hear one of his former charges reassert those facts, it only makes more sense that United would do all they could to secure a man who will be free following this summer’s World Cup.
While he may be older than some of the other men tipped for the job – the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Diego Simeone and Pep Guardiola – those men will not be leaving their current posts for at least another few seasons.
So on all levels, the van Gaal appointment makes sense. Only time will tell if it becomes reality.