Louis van Gaal to Manchester United to be confirmed today - reports

Louis Van Gaal

Numerous reports have indicated Manchester United are aiming to confirm a deal for Louis van Gaal this Thursday.

Dutch international boss Louis van Gaal is expected to be named as Manchester United boss today, according to reports.

Van Gaal played coy in his press conference earlier this week, but is thought to want to finalise his future plans as soon as possible, as not to further overshadow his World Cup preparations.

The Guardian reported last night: "The club hope to do this no later than Thursday," when discussing Manchester United appointing Van Gaal.

United interim boss Ryan Giggs was pictured in Holland early yesterday, outside Van Gaal's hotel, where he was reported to have met with the Dutchman, to discuss his own future at the club. Chief executive Ed Woodward was also said to have been in attendance, per The Mail. The paper added that Van Gaal could be installed his week.

The Mirror published an article on their website last night, stating Van Gaal would be announced 'within 24 hours' by United.

They elaborated that Louis Van Gaal has agreed a deal worth £7 million per year, substantially more than the £4 million per year David Moyes was paid by the club.

The Manchester Evening News last night took the stance that Van Gaal is set to be appointed 'imminently'.

Van Gaal has managed Ajax, Barcelona, AZ, and Bayern Munich, winning league titles with each, and famously the Champions League with Ajax in 1995.

It is perhaps his spell with Bayern Munich, in which he turned around a team left struggling by Jurgen Klinsmann to turn them into Bundesliga champions and reach the Champions League Final, which best illustrates his credentials for reviving Manchester United after the ill-fated Moyes era.

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