Report: van Gaal to be confirmed as United boss by next week?

Speculation today suggests that Holland boss Louis van Gaal will be confirmed as the new Manchester United manager next week.

It's now almost two weeks since the Red Devils took the decision to remove David Moyes as manager of Manchester United despite being in charge for just ten months, with the Everton boss enduring a miserable season in the shadow of former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Moyes' departure from Old Trafford leaves United searching for a new manager once again, and whilst the likes of Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti have been linked with the post, there has been one clear favourite from the second Moyes was sacked.

That man is van Gaal, who has earned an outstanding reputation in European football after spells with Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is currently in charge of the Dutch national team and is preparing his side ahead of the World Cup in Brazil this summer, but will be replaced by former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink after the tournament.

That leaves van Gaal poised for a return to domestic football, and the 62-year-old has been strongly tipped to be the new man in the Old Trafford hot seat, but whilst some have previously claimed that the deal is done, there has been no confirmation to this point.

Yet today, revealed that United will wait until after the club's final league game of the season at Southampton this weekend before making an announcement, which - if true - will finally put an end to rumours over the situation.

Interim boss Ryan Giggs has won two of his three games in charge, but the home defeat to Sunderland all but ended his slim chances of earning the job on a permanent basis, but a decision will need to be made over the Welshman's future at Old Trafford over whether he joins van Gaal's coaching staff or not.

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