Van Gaal is one of the biggest names in world football, and there is no doubt his record of success would be a huge boost to United’s ability to attract the best of European and world talent.
United will face a tough battle to entice the game’s elite players without the added incentive of Champions League football, and possibly even Europa League football, so they will need an assured and iconic head to encourage players to the club.
United have traditionally enjoyed great success in the transfer markets, but even throughout Ferguson’s time in charge, targets have been missed for a variety of reasons, mainly financial and geographical.
The Scot regularly put the club’s lack of activity down to a lack of “value” in the market. But having seen the likes of Alan Shearer, Ronaldinho, Wesley Sneijder, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara all reportedly snub moves to Salford, according to What Culture's Ryan McMurtry, it’s obvious that the club is not as attractive a proposition as some might think.
And with the new manager expected to have up to a reported £200 million to spend, Van Gaal should help in that respect, especially in comparison to Moyes. But whether he can attract the quality necessary to return United to the top will be an intriguing feature of his tenure, should he receive the call.
He is also not afraid to give youth a chance, so don't be surprised to see some more young talent like Adnan Januzaj breaking through from the club's academy if he gets the nod.