Reports suggest that Van Gaal’s desire to become manager of Tottenham Hotspur has lessened over recent weeks and that United have put out the feelers as a means to prepare for David Moyes’ potential departure should results not improve.
Delaney said: “Sources also state that United representatives have made tentative contact with Louis van Gaal over a potential summer appointment, mostly to test the waters, and that the Dutch coach is a little less intent on the Tottenham Hotspur job than he was a few weeks ago. Spurs had felt that Van Gaal’s appointment after the World Cup was virtually certain, but it is now more open-ended.”
Van Gaal will take Holland to the World Cup this summer and is strongly considered to be one of the best available managers this summer after admitting he wanted to manage in the Premier League.
Having managed Bayern Munich, Barcelona Ajax and the Dutch national side, Van Gaal’s CV is a who’s who of top some of the biggest jobs in football.
He has won the league and domestic cups in four countries, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup, and has led Holland to a World Cup final, he’s certainly got the winning credentials required to be a Manchester United manager.
When the news broke about Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, Delaney was on the money and he is usually very reliable when it comes to United news. For a story of this magnitude, he would not have stuck his neck out without trusting his sources.
The wheels now look to be in motion for Moyes’ potential exit as Manchester United manager and if results do not immediately improve, his time could be cut short far quicker than most imagined.