Reports earlier this weekend suggested Louis van Gaal had a verbal agreement to become the next Manchester United manager.
It was claimed the current Holland coach had held talks with the Glazer family during David Moyes’ tenure, but that he had refused to discuss the job while another man was in position. And yet it was also claimed that following the Scot’s departure van Gaal sat down to talk business.
But now the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss has had his say in quotes published in the Sun.
“No I didn’t meet them,” van Gaal said in response to the claims he spoke with the Glazers prior to Moyes’ departure.
But there was also a tantalising suggestion for United fans when he said, “Am I young enough for the job? I think you can see that in my CV.”
It is a CV that details considerable success at Barca, Bayern, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar, and while he may be 62, there is no suggestion that he could not do an excellent job for the next few years.
It is that suggestion – that he could one day hand the reins to one of Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola that perhaps most excites United fans; an experienced, attack-minded coach settling things before a younger model arrives at the end of their current deal.
Of course that all remains hypothetical for now, but with van Gaal teasing reporters with a suggestion of what might be to come, those rumours are not going away.