Van Gaal to show faith in £15m Manchester United target Jordy Clasie - report

Louis van Gaal could start Jordy Clasie in Holland's opening match of the World Cup.

There is less than a week to go until a repeat of the 2010 World Cup Final becomes a reality, as Spain and Holland prepare to meet in their opening fixture.

A day after hosts Brazil face Croatia, the tournament is given the glamour group game it needs to ensure it gets off to a fantastic start for the neutral.

Dutch boss Louis van Gaal has a lot of pressure on his shoulders, to help Holland exact revenge for four years earlier, while in the back of his mind he will want to go into his next task as Manchester United boss with positive momentum.

He has only one real injury concern, that being Swansea's Jonathan de Guzman who is likely miss the opener.

And that means a chance for Van Gaal to show his faith in Feyenoord's Jordy Clasie, a player he has been linked with signing for United.

The Manchester Evening News reported last month how the Red Devils are eyeing up the central midfielder, who has been likened to Paul Scholes thanks to his passing ability.

Spanish newspaper Marca now claim that Clasie is at the forefront of Van Gaal's plans for the Group B opener, likely to feature in a three-man midfield alongside Nigel de Jong and Daley Blind.

If the case, then it is the ultimate audition for the 22-year-old, who can go a long way to convincing Van Gaal first hand that he is up to the task of performing at Old Trafford, as he goes head to head with the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

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