Good or bad news? Van Gaal finally speaks to press on United rumours

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal discussed his desire to take over at Old Trafford, but stopped short of any confirmation relating to the vacant role.

Many column inches have been written on just who is going to be Manchester United's next manager - both before and after David Moyes' dismissal.

It has been widely accepted for some time that Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has been the favoured option of the club, but there have been few direct comments confirming or denying this, and as a result, they remain merely unconfirmed rumours.

Until now. 

Speaking at the Dutch training camp in Hoenderloo, the former Bayern and Barcelona man finally broke his silence, declaring his interest publicly in taking over at Old Trafford, even if he couldn't say that the job was as good as his.

"I would love the job," said Van Gaal. "I hope that I shall be the one. It's the biggest club in the world and it's a fantastic challenge.

"You (the media) are thinking I'm the man but the most important thing is whether Manchester United are thinking that."

Van Gaal had earlier refused to answer questions about the United vacancy from BBC Sport correspondent Dan Roan.

Indeed, United themselves had ruled out an expected announcement following last night's game with Sunderland, with Sky Sports saying that any news might not come until next week.

With caretaker manager Ryan Giggs impressing in his short spell in charge, the club may wish to allow the Welshman to enjoy his time in the hot-seat, before offering him the chance to join Van Gaal's staff next season.

Clearly, the Dutchman was anxious to bring focus away from him and whatever he does after the World Cup, and back onto his attempts to take Netherlands one step closer than they went in 2010, where they lost in the final to Spain in Johannesburg.

"I have to focus on my job," he continued.

"I am coach of the Dutch national team. I have waited a long time to be in a World Cup so that's very important.

"This doesn't affect me. I have always had offers. I know what the football world is and what it means." 

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