Wednesday 21 March 2018

Louis van Gaal: Managing Manchester United is a fantastic challenge

The Netherlands national team coach Louis van Gaal talks with the media today
The Netherlands national team coach Louis van Gaal talks with the media today

Louis van Gaal has claimed that he "would love" to take charge at Old Trafford ahead of his expected appointment to the post next week.

The Holland boss has agreed a deal to succeed axed boss David Moyes but United will wait until after their final match of the season - away to Southampton on Sunday - before announcing his appointment.

Speaking to BBC Sport at a Netherlands training camp, Van Gaal said: "I would love the job.

"For every coach who takes the job it's a fantastic challenge. I hope I shall be the one, but you'll have to wait and see."

He described Manchester United as "the biggest club in the world".

Despite the huge speculation surrounding him, Van Gaal is refusing to accept the job is his.

"You (the media) are thinking I'm the man but the most important thing is whether Manchester United are thinking that," he said.

The BBC reporter asked if Van Gaal knew much about Man Utd [culture and history]: "That is a very stupid question. What do you think?," he responded.

Van Gaal, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, is leaving his current role at the end of this summer's tournament in Brazil and had apparently indicated that he wanted his future sorted before his first training camp began.

The 62-year-old has managed his country before during qualification for the 2002 World Cup but left the post after a disastrous campaign which saw them fail to make the tournament in Japan and South Korea.

And with two further training camps of three days taking place in the next fortnight and the provisional Dutch squad due to be announced next Tuesday, he made it clear he did not want speculation over his future to serve as a distraction.

"I have to focus on my job," he said.

"I am coach of the Dutch national team. I have waited a long time to be in a World Cup so that's very important.

"This doesn't affect me. I have always had offers. I know what the football world is and what it means.

He told Dutch website "I have a few options. It's a process we're in and everybody has to wait patiently on my choice and that of the clubs."

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