Van Gaal tipped to take United post before next Wednesday

Louis Van Gaal

Dutch manager reportedly wants his future sorted before World Cup preparation with the Netherlands and is set to sign for Manchester United.

Louis Van Gaal will reportedly sign a deal to become the manager of Manchester Untied next week, as he looks to begin preparations with the Netherlands for this summer’s World Cup.

According to Dutch football journalist Thijs Slegers, Van Gaal is eager to wrap up negotiations in the next week so he can fully focus on which Dutch stars he will take to Brazil.

Van Gaal will pick his preliminary squad next Wednesday, and the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach wants a deal done quickly.

“It's not signed, but I expect it will be done before next Wednesday,” Sleggers told TalkSport.

“It must be done before he starts.

“I know Van Gaal well and I'm sure he won't want to hear United's name after his preparations kick-off.”

Sleggers also revealed that Van Gaal’s family are close with Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie, who is thought to be in favour of his national coach arriving at Old Trafford. Van Gaal and Van Persie’s wives supposedly speak on a regular basis and even enjoy shopping trips to London.

If Van Gaal was to be appointed at Old Trafford he would become the first ever foreign manager to hold down the job at United.

His CV boasts seven league titles and a Champions League triumph across spells with Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar. The 62-year-old is currently in charge of the Netherlands national side, the second time he has held the post.

Van Gaal is one of many names who have been linked with the United job, along with the likes of Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp and PSG coach and former player Laurent Blanc. Interim player-manager Ryan Giggs is also thought to be in the running, and serves as Van Gaal’s most likely challenger for the role due to his 26-year affiliation with the club.

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