The Dutchman was announced as the Red Devils’ new boss yesterday, in a move that has been predicted for some weeks.
With United having endured a disastrous 2013/14, van Gaal is set to be handed around £150m to spend, and has set his sights on Feyenoord ace Clasie.
The former Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona coach is a big fan of the 22-year-old, whom he is likely to take to the World Cup after naming him in his 30-man provisional squad for the tournament.
The move may also be one to get the best out of misfiring forward Robin van Persie, who linked well with Clasie in a recent international friendly against Ecuador to score a stunning goal:
“That pass made the goal possible. That was a world-class ball. That pass gave me the opportunity to do my thing. I think that pass was more beautiful than my goal.” RVP said after the goal.
“The only thing I had to do was control the ball and score. That pass from Clasie was world class.”
Van Gaal is also keen on Feyeneoord’s defensive duo Bruno Martins Indi and Stefan de Vrij – both of whom are also in his initial World Cup squad.