Friday 6 December 2019

United will not name new boss this week

Louis van Gaal's future does not look likely to be resolved this week
Louis van Gaal's future does not look likely to be resolved this week

Manchester United are not planning to announce their new manager this week

There had been considerable speculation that Holland coach Louis van Gaal would be confirmed as David Moyes' successor following Tuesday's game against Hull.

Now it appears that United will wait until after the conclusion of their season on Sunday before making an appointment.

Van Gaal, 62, had apparently indicated that he wanted his future sorted before his first World Cup training camp began on Wednesday.

But the Dutchman did not speak to media as he met up with his first group of players to begin preparations.

Van Gaal, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, is leaving his current role at the end of this summer's tournament in Brazil.

The matter is certain to be raised when he is scheduled to host a news conference for the national team next Tuesday when he will name his provisional squad for the tournament.

Senior United defender Rio Ferdinand admits the United squad have little idea when an appointment will be made.

Veteran player Ryan Giggs has served as interim manager since Moyes left Old Trafford last month.

Ferdinand told BT Sport: "All the papers have been talking about Klopp, Simeone, Van Gaal, Giggsy getting it, Ancelotti, Mourinho - but we're like guys sitting in the pub discussing it.

"If you believe and listen to the reports going around it'll be someone with real credentials who has been at big clubs and won a lot of things."

As speculation continued over the identity of the next manager, and the future of long-serving Giggs, United wrapped up their home campaign with a 3-1 win over Hull in the Barclays Premier League.

The game proved to be an emotional one for Nemanja Vidic, who waved goodbye to the Old Trafford faithful after eight-and-a-half years' service.

Giggs also made a moving speech after coming off the bench for his 963rd - and possibly final - appearance in a United shirt.

Robin van Persie got on the scoresheet for the first time since suffering injury in March.

But they were upstaged on the night by a match-winning brace from 18-year-old James Wilson.

Wilson, who made his debut alongside 20-year-old Tom Lawrence, was delighted with his start to life as a United player.

"It's a great feeling," he said.

"You can't compare it to anything else. When the first goal went in, I just felt total euphoria.

"When I was told I was starting it was a bit of a shock, but the manager had faith in me and I showed him what I can do."

Wilson, who has also scored for the Under-18s, Under-19s and Under-21s this term, is now hungry for more first-team action.

"I feel like I can deal with the physicality and pace of the game," he said.

"I just need to try and get as many games as possible for the experience."

United's wrap up their season at Southampton on Sunday.

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