Louis van Gaal has refused to rule out a move for Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman, despite the fact he is sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury, according to Sky Sports.

The new Manchester United boss coached Strootman during his time in charge of the Netherlands, and the Roma midfielder would have been a part of his World Cup squad had it not been for the injury he sustained in March.

Roma boss Rudi Garcia said on Friday that he expects the 24-year-old to remain in Italy this season, but van Gaal refused to rule out the prospect of making a move for his fellow countryman in the future.

He said: “I never say anything about individual players – it’s my vision that we have to be about the team and not individual players.

“Other players, not at Manchester United, I can’t judge – I am not there. Strootman I can judge, but he has been injured for more than six months.

“We have to wait and see how he comes back. It’s not so easy to come back out of an injury, so we’ll wait and see.”

The United boss also refused to be drawn into a war of words with Jose Mourinho, after the Chelsea boss criticised the clubs signing of Luke Shaw from Southampton.

Van Gaal, who worked above Mourinho at Barcelona, said: “I don’t think I have to discuss things in the media, it’s better to discuss it with Jose.”