Report: United dismiss rumor talks of bringing van Gaal to Old Trafford
Manchester United have dismissed reports linking the club with Holland manager Louis van Gaal.
Reports have claimed United representatives, including one of the Glazer family who own the club, have met with the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach. According to several reports, United were surprised by the reports and are insisting no such meeting took place.
It was suggested Van Gaal could take over from David Moyes, who has endured a difficult first season at Old Trafford, in the summer.
Van Gaal, 62, will become a free agent after Holland’s World Cup campaign ends and he has already been heavily linked with Tim Sherwood’s job at Tottenham. Moyes was given a six-year contract when he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson last year but has faced criticism over the team’s disappointing results.
Last season’s champions have long been out of contention for the Barclays Premier League title and are currently seventh in the table. Their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League next season are slim and the Van Gaal speculation comes just days after they were knocked out of this season’s competition by Bayern.
After the defeat in Munich, Moyes told Sky Sports: "We have not got UEFA Champions League football, that’s the way it looks, but I believe that it is not far away, and hopefully it will be one year away. We have got to rebuild and our focus is to get a team that can get back into this competition. It is a great competition – we have really enjoyed it – and there is no shame in going out to Bayern Munich."
Moyes was asked whether he believed his job might be in some doubt, after his failure to get into the Champions League.
"That is not a question for me, as my job is just to get on and do the job," he insisted. "I have found everyone at the club very good, and my focus is to get a side that gets us back in the Champions League and that is the main objective."
Moyes insists that the club’s hierarchy are backing him and plans to rebuild the side are already in motion. He insists not being in the Champions League will not hamper their pursuit of any of their top targets.
"The club have never had any problems, on anything we have talked about" added Moyes. "The club are looking to spend the right money on the right players that are available. It has nothing to do with Champions League football. Any players that we have sort of quietly discussed with, I think they are more than happy to join Manchester United."
Moyes added: "The ones who quietly, someone might have had a word in their ear, have all been keen to come as it is a short thing and not a long thing and they are all very keen to join such a great club."