News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United are keeping Louis van Gaal waiting, according to reports. The 62-year-old Netherlands coach is widely expected to be appointed as the man to replace David Moyes at Old Trafford, but the club have yet to confirm his appointment with sources suggesting they plan to wait until the end of the season.
Louis van Gaal spoke of his admiration for ‘the biggest club in the world’, Manchester United in what seems to be a ‘come and get me’ plea to the Red Devils.
“I would love the (United) job. For every coach who takes the job it’s a fantastic challenge,” van Gaal told the BBC.
“I hope I shall be the one but you’ll have to wait and see. There are more clubs interested. I have more options. It is a process we’re in and everybody has to wait patiently on my choice and that of the clubs.”
“But United are the biggest club in the world,” he added.
Meanwhile, first team coach Phil Neville has spoken out about the sacking of David Moyes last month, and expressed his views on the Red Devils’ poor performance this season.
"Walking around the pitch after the game against Hull City was probably the emptiest I've ever felt on a football field," said Neville.
"I took the job at United fully expecting to be walking around after the last home game of the season either challenging for a league title or parading a league title, because that's what this club demands.”
"It's been a real difficult season. To see a man who, for the last nine years, has put so much faith in me, giving me a platform either to play or to coach, lose his job was probably one of the toughest days that I've had in football," he added.
In transfer news, Shinji Kagawa looks set to stay at Old Trafford this summer but Will Keane could be ‘on his way’, according to The Mirror.
Will Keane is linked with ‘interest’ from Serie A giants Juventus and Fiorentina after failing to cement a place in the first team at Old Trafford under David Moyes.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus remains ‘coy’ over his future with his name still being linked with Manchester United, the Germany international refused to comment on the rumours he could be on his way.
In other news, club record signing Juan Mata has been named Player of the Month for April, his second scoop of the award since arriving from Chelsea in January.
Finally, Robin van Persie’s son Shaqueel could be the subject of a ‘tug of war’ between Manchester United and rivals Manchester City as the Dutch ace’s son, seven- years-old, is currently playing for both clubs ahead of tying down his future.
"Now he’s playing for both Manchester United and for City up until an age where maybe in a year of so he has to make his mind up and make a decision about where he wants to play,” explained Van Persie senior.