Dutch insider: Only matter of days before Louis van Gaal is United manager

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Louis van Gaal could be set to become Manchester United's manager ahead of this weekend.

Former footballer and current media professional Jan Aage Fjortoft, who was one of the first members of the football industry to reveal Mesut Ozil was leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal last summer, has quoted a Dutch insider who claims that it "is only a matter of days before Louis van Gaal will be the new Manchester United manager."

Currently, the Old Trafford side are steered by Ryan Giggs, a one-club man at Stretford who showed excellence throughout his playing days and has already displayed competence from the dugout as he recently took charge of his first match - a 4-0 drubbing of Norwich City in the Premier League.

Recently on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, a former team-mate of Giggs' and now football analyst Gary Neville, explained that the Welshman would not have been fazed by the magnitude of the task, nor would he have been daunted at the prospect of taking control of press conferences as he has been a Manchester United man and used to those kinds of pressures for over two decades.

Neville, though, claimed that he would have liked to see Giggs see what he can do in the remaining fixtures in the domestic calendar.

The interim boss may well still three games to show off his future credentials as a possible full-time manager of the club as United take on Sunderland at home, Hull City at home before a final match at Southampton.

However, he may do so knowing that he is merely keeping the managerial hot-seat warm for van Gaal, who could be announced as Manchester United manager in a matter of days, but will presumably maintain his responsibilities with the Netherlands national football team until the conclusion of their participation in this summer's FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

In further news that may excite Untied fans, the same source, Fjortoft quoting a Dutch insider, explains that van Gaal's two priority signings for the summer are long-time target Toni Kroos - the pass-master at Bayern Munich - and AS Roma star Kevin Strootman. Apparently, Sir Alex Ferguson is already in discussions with Kroos' representatives.

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