Manchester United could have been playing this Dutch side this week

Louis Van Gaal

Eredivisie side Cambuur were lined up to play the Premier League giants, while they are also said to be in contact with Southampton.

With recent talk emanating from Old Trafford that Manchester United may consider high-profile midweek friendlies while they have no European fixtures to contend with, there have been reports this week that Eredivisie side SC Cambuur had been lined up to be the first visitor to Old Trafford.

Though unlikely to fill the role of superstar friendly opposition, the game would have been a chance for Louis van Gaal to work with the players not away on international duty, and also work with some of the younger players, two of which, in Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair, have already impressed for the Dutchman.

But unfortunately, any prospect of the match has only come to light because the Cambuur director Gerard van den Belt has revealed it didn't quite come off.

"Unfortunately we had to cancel," Van den Belt told Voetbal International. "United was looking for a sparring partner for this week. An assistant of Van Gaal has subsequently made ​​contact with Henk de Jong (the Cambuur manager). It was a beautiful invitation, but it was just not for us.

"Probably we would have played against a combination of their first and the reserve teams. Hopefully we can still arrange it for the next match period. For Cambuur It would be wonderful, of course, to experience a game at Old Trafford."

Two players that may stand out in Cambuur's squad list are former Wigan and Birmingham winger Daniel de Ridder and young Slovakian winger Albert Rusnak, on loan from Manchester City.

Van Gaal isn't the only manager with Dutch connections in the Premier League, and Van den Belt revealed the club had also been in touch with Southampton with regards to playing Ronald Koeman's side.

"There's also already been contact Southampton. We would like to play such a practice match in England."

It's possible Premier League fans may be hearing a fair bit more about Cambuur in the coming months.

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