Manchester United latest: van Gaal approach and Muller future unclear

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists he will not change his approach to management in order to accommodate the stars on the books at Old Trafford.

"I am a coach who wants a good relationship with my players, I think it is very important," he began.

"I do everything to reach that level, but sometimes it is not reachable as the players are not open-minded and don't adapt to the norms that I put in the team. When you are not listening, always out, or I go out."

In transfer news, The Guardian suggests United will make Kevin Strootman a target in January. Repots claim Louis van Gaal is an admirer of the Roma and Netherlands midfielder and the club would wait until the winter window next year to make a reported £30 million offer for the 24-year-old.

“He won’t be back playing until autumn – that’s the time schedule at the moment,” stated his agent Chiel Dekker. “He is of interest to Louis van Gaal but not related to Manchester United at this point.”

Meanwhile, Argentina international Enzo Perez claims he has received interest from United. The Benfica midfielder told at TV station in his homeland:

"There are negotiations between other clubs and Benfica about me. I know that Valencia and Manchester United are interested. There are serious possibilities to leave after the World Cup."

Elsewhere, Southampton are eyeing United striker Javier Hernandez, according to reports that suggest the Mexican international could be used in a part-exchange deal for Saints and England youngster Luke Shaw.

The Mirror suggests that Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is open to selling Bastian Schweinsteiger. The Germany midfielder has previously been linked with a move to Old Trafford which could be on the cards if reports that the Spanish coach does not see him as part of his plans at the Bundesliga champions.

Meanwhile, his teammate at Bayern Munich, Thomas Muller hinted he could be open to a move to United and suggested he set to hold talks with the Bavarians over his future.

“I have come to a point where I want to know if I am an important part of the future starting line-up in Bavaria and [I need to know] if the club really has plans for me in the coming years,” he explained. "That is why I have asked for a conversation."

The Germany forward also spoke in glowing terms about his relationship with Louis van Gaal who brought him through the ranks at Bayern Munich during his spell there as coach.

In other news, United youngster Adnan Januzaj’s debut for Belgium has been deemed invalid by FIFA after Belgium national team boss Marc Wilmots used Januzaj as one of seven substitites last month in a friendly against Luxembourg in which he was only supposed to use a maximum of six. Subsequently, Januzaj’s debut appearance could be struck out.

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