The Holland coach is widely seen as the favourite to succeed David Moyes as the Red Devils’ next permanent boss, with some rumours from his homeland having suggested over the weekend that a deal was in place.
Van Gaal will be responsible for the Oranje during the World Cup, but is set to be free to take full control at Old Trafford after the tournament.
However despite suggestions that initial talks with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach went well, United are still looking at other options.
Interim chief Ryan Giggs is seen as a candidate even though he lacks experience, with the club’s fans appearing to be in favour of seeing one of their idols in charge on a full basis.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp is also in the frame despite talking down the opportunity, while Atletico Madrid gaffer Diego Simeone is being spoken about.
One man who seems to have ruled himself out is Carlo Ancelotti, who says that he is happy to stay at Real Madrid:
“I haven’t spoken with anyone and I don’t need to speak to anyone. I’m very happy here.”