Report: van Gaal considering shock move for former Liverpool star

Dirk Kuyt Netherlands

With Manchester United being linked to each and every Dutch World Cup player, this latest rumour is sure to shock a few.

According to the Mail on Sunday, former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt is being lined-up for a shock summer switch by incoming Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

This latest report is bound to turn a few heads, especially considering the 33-year-old’s cult hero status with Premier League rivals Liverpool.

Kuyt, who now plies his trade for Turkish side Fenerbahce, enjoyed a successful career at the Anfield outfit in which he made over 200 appearances. He netted 71 goals in an impressive seven-year spell with the Reds.

Netherland’s head coach Louis van Gaal is said to be a big fan of the former Liverpool man and looks likely to select him against Mexico in the Oranje's World Cup second-round clash.

Having stepped in as an emergency defender in the last group game against Chile, Kuyt will celebrate a career landmark (100 international caps) when the Dutch meet the Mexicans in the World Cup last 16.

The veteran looked consigned to an understudy role in Brazil, until he was brought in as a surprise choice to bolster the defence for Monday's 2-0 win in Sao Paulo after Bruno Martins Indi was ruled out with concussion, with Daley Blind moving from left to centre back.

  MatchTeamPosTotal Att AssistPass AccuracyTackle SuccessInterception WonOutfielder BlockEffective ClearanceTouchesMins
Dirk Kuyt Chile Netherlands FW 2 55.88% 100% 4 0 4 53 89

He played a key role against Chile, putting in a fine defensive display. He was excellent, despite being played in an alien position, winning every attempted tackle. He also contributed with a handsome number of clearances and interceptions.

Kuyt, who turns 34 next month, has seemingly earned van Gaal’s admiration for his worth ethic during his time with the national team and he could be targeted by the Red Devils with a utility role in mind.

At first this rumour seems fairly audacious, but at a pragmatic level, it does make sense. Kuyt is not going to win United the Premier League, or single-handedly restore the club’s top-four status, but he clearly has the incoming manager’s trust and this could prove useful if the latest rumour does become reality.

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