Manchester United linked star Hector Moreno is currently enjoying a fabulous World Cup with the Mexican national team, helping his side progress from a tricky group containing Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon.
As a result, the North Americans have set up a meeting with Louis Van Gaal’s Dutch side in the last 16, a game which will have a special feeling for Moreno.
The Espanyol centre-back was brought to Europe by current Man United boss Van Gaal whilst he was managing AZ Alkmaar, and the defender became a key component in the Dutch club’s Eredivise triumph in 2008/09.
The 28-year-old remains grateful to his former mentor for presenting him his chance in Europe, and he told the press that he will give the Dutch coach a big hug before Sunday’s clash.
“To face him [Van Gaal] will be beautiful, I have a lot of appreciation and affection for him. He opened the doors to European football for me, but from here, each one is representing their country.”
“I will give him a big hug before the game and hope to console him after a Mexican victory.” He said, quoted by the Mexican press Televisadeportes.
Hector Moreno is expected to leave La Liga side Espanyol this summer, with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur both linked with a move.
The Red Devils are currently on the lookout for a new defender, and the €10m-rated Moreno is proving to be an extremely viable option if his excellent World Cup performances alongside the ever-present Rafael Marquez are anything to go by.