Van Gaal has been heavily linked with the Tottenham Hotspur job, amid talk that Tim Sherwood will be replaced in the summer, but the Mirror’s David McDonnell claims the Dutchman is now in the Old Trafford frame.
In his piece, McDonnell wrote:
Mirror Sport understands United representatives—believed to include one of the Glazers—met with Holland coach van Gaal at a secret location in Europe within the last 48 hours.
Reports from Holland last night claimed the meeting between van Gaal and United had taken place, with the Dutchman sounded out about the prospect of succeeding Moyes at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal’s focus will soon shift away from his own future to masterminding Netherlands’ World Cup challenge.
Matt Law of The Telegraph wrote this week that a deadline of May 7 had been set for the coach to thrash out his next job before turning his attentions to the World Cup.
Tottenham have been linked with van Gaal for some time, but McDonnell’s report will raise eyebrows.
Moyes has had a tough time since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as United boss, and the club is having to face up to at least one season outside of the Champions League.
Following defeat to Bayern Munich this week, the Scotsman spoke, via the Press Association on The Guardian's website, about rebuilding his squad in the summer.
My focus is on getting a side together to get back in the Champions League. We're looking to spend the right money on players who are available and it's not anything to do with Champions League. Any players we've quietly discussed it with are more than happy to join Manchester United.
Should Manchester United go for van Gaal?
Moyes’ comments give off an air of positivity, but McDonnell’s report does cast doubt on whether the Scot will be at Old Trafford in the long-term.
The report from McDonnell has raised eyebrows, and prompted a denial from United—according to AP's Rob Harris.
Categorical denial from within Man United that anyone from the club met Louis van Gaal this week - Moyes still being backed— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) April 12, 2014
United have the weekend off before their final five games of the campaign, and a strong end to the season will strengthen Moyes’ position.