Trophy-laded Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal has made no secret of his desire to work in England after the World Cup, starting earlier this term that the Premier League is the only remaining European top flight he wishes to conquer before retirement.
The 62 year-old has more commonly linked with the soon-available Tottenham gig, but with the impetus being to add more titles to his already illustrious CV, the Old Trafford post would certainly be more in line with Van Gaal’s personal ambitions.
You can’t argue with the former Sparta Rotterdam midfielder’s track record either; he’s claimed two La Liga titles with Barcelona, a Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich, and won every trophy going at Ajax, including three Eredivisie titles, the Champions League title, the UEFA Cup, KNVB Cup and Johan Cruyff shield. He’s also spent two terms with the Netherlands national team, demonstrating Val Gaal’s experience with big players and big occasions.
But the two-time Rinus Michel award-winner will be fully occupied this summer with Oranje in Brazil. Considering the coming transfer window – apparent £200million war-chest and all – represents arguably the most significant to date in Carrington history, Van Gaal’s prior engagements could work against him.