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Manchester United Transfer News: New Boss Key to Toni Kroos' Future

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Danny Welbeck of Manchester United challenges Toni Kroos of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2014

David Moyes' dismissal as manager of Manchester United on Tuesday, after an inauspicious 10 months as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, has ignited a great deal of chatter as to who will take the reigns at Old Trafford.

Ryan Giggs has been named as manager until the end of the season, as reported by Jamie Jackson in the Guardianbut, per BBC Sport, the Welshman has been ruled out as a long term replacement.

As a result, speculation is abounding as to who will be the next permanent figurehead at United, with Dutch national manager Louis van Gaal and Borussia Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp very much in the mix per BBC Sport:

And whoever comes into the job will, of course, have a huge influence over who is brought to the club and will be key as to whether the Red Devils can sign long-term target Toni Kroos.

The Bayern Munich midfielder has been continually linked with a move to Old Trafford, but Jackson reported earlier this month that the deal seemed unlikely.

He reported in the Guardian that Kroos' agent Volker Struth said: "We are confronted with a variety of rumours for months but at the moment I believe that Toni plays in Bavaria until 2015 at least."

While Moyes was in charge, it did seem unlikely that Kroos would be tempted away from the European champions, especially as United's 2-0 loss to Everton on Sunday confirmed they will not be in the Champions League next season.

However, if Van Gaal is brought in to replace Moyes in the long term, the 24-year-old may think again about whether to commit his future to Bayern.

As football writer Rich Laverty points out, it was the Dutchman who gave Kroos his start at Bayern, and thus he will be well equipped to persuade the German international away from the Allianz Arena:

Indeed, in Van Gaal's last season in charge at Bayern in 2010/11, Kroos made 19 Bundesliga appearances and also played in six Champions League matches, per ESPN FC.     

Kroos knows Van Gaal, he knows how he works and knows that the manager has faith in him. Surely the Dutchman's presence, were he to go to United, would be more attractive than that of Moyes.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 22:  Louis van Gaal of Netherlands looks on during the FIFA 2014 World Cup, Group D Qualifier between Netherlands and Estonia at the Amsterdam Arena on March 22, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Gett
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Equally, Van Gaal has the kind of pedigree Moyes lacked. He is a proven winner with La Liga, Eredivisie and Bundesliga titles to his name and a Champions League win with Ajax, per the Daily Mail.

And certainly the 62-year-old looks a likely replacement for the Scot.

His time in charge of the Dutch national team will come to an end after the World Cup in Brazil this summer, and, according to Goal.com, he has already been in talks with United:

Louis van Gaal wants to succeed David Moyes as Manchester United manager, Goal understands.

The Dutchman has told friends he is "very keen" on taking over at Old Trafford when his stint in charge of the Netherlands finishes after the World Cup.

As reported by Goal, Van Gaal met with a United delegation last week and further talks are expected to take place as the club step up the process of finding a successor to Moyes.

If these reports are true and Van Gaal does take over in Manchester then the talks surrounding Kroos' future could be re-opened, and the likelihood of him moving to England will be greatly increased.

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