PHOTO: Ryan Giggs in Holland to meet Louis van Gaal - deal shortly?

Louis Van Gaal

Before his appearance in the stands at the under-21 game at Old Trafford, Manchester United interim manager has been photographed, apparently in Netherlands, ready to meet the permanent solution to the Stretford hot-seat.

A photograph of Ryan Giggs has swiftly circulated through social media earlier today, Wednesday, showing the interim Manchester United boss outside a hotel. According to consensus, he is in Netherlands, ready to meet Louis van Gaal - the odds-on favourite to become the next permanent manager of the Old Trafford side. 

The trip must have been brief, for Giggs was at Old Trafford to watch United's under-21 match with Chelsea alongside Paul Scholes in the crowd.

A report on The Guardian website had indicated that, despite van Gaal going through the preparatory stage of his national team's World Cup routine, he would meet Giggs during the training camp.

The subject of the meeting is alleged to involve Giggs' own future at Stretford, whether he would operate under the experienced Dutchman's wing or if he would continue playing, in midfield.

van Gaal recently announced his Netherlands 30-man provisional squad that would compete at the highly anticipated FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil - and it included a United man in Robin van Persie - yet he was recently asked about his prospective position in the Premier League and he issued a prickly response, perhaps perplexed at the media frenzy surrounding his expected appointment.

"I'm not going to speak about Manchester United," he said. "I am speaking about the Dutch national team only. Last week I said four and a half sentences and it made 60 pages."

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