British newspaper The Sun reports Van Gaal has struck a four-year contract worth £40 million, with current interim manager Ryan Giggs set to remain as one of his assistants. Van Gaal, who will leave his post as Netherlands manager after the World Cup, is expected to bring his assistant Patrick Kluivert with him to Old Trafford.
The Sun quoted Van Gaal while he was on holiday in Portugal as saying: “Am I young enough for the job. I think you can see that in my CV.”
Widespread reports have suggested that van Gaal is the leading contender to replace David Moyes at Old Trafford after leading Holland at this summer’s World Cup finals.
United have denied suggestions that they have already agreed a deal with Dutchman van Gaal and insist they have yet to identify a new manager.
Ryan Giggs has been named interim manager until a new boss is found and the United legend got off to a winning start in his first game in charge with a resounding 4-0 victory over Norwich on Saturday.
There have been question marks over the suitability of van Gaal for the United job due to his age, but the 62-year-old insists that would not be an issue for him taking over at Old Trafford.
Former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach van Gaal also denied reports that he met with United owners the Glazer family, prior to the departure of Moyes saying: “No I didn’t meet them.”
Patrick Kluivert Says Van Gaal Should be the Primary Target for All top Clubs
Former Barcelona star Patrick Kluivert believes Louis van Gaal “would be the first pick of any club” as the 62-year-old closes in on becoming Manchester United’s next permanent manager.
The Dutchman has reportedly agreed a deal with United and is expected to take charge at Old Trafford after his World Cup campaign with Netherlands’ national side ends this summer.
“He would be absolutely the first pick of any club, especially top teams everywhere in the world,” Kluivert told talkSPORT.
“He likes to let young players make their debut if they are ready for it.
“The most important thing at the moment is I’m personally enjoying working with him and with the Dutch national team. We’re going to the World Cup and hope to do well. After that we’ll see what happens.”
Kluivert, who is Van Gaal’s assistant with Netherlands’ national team, admits he would welcome the chance to follow the Dutchman to United.
“Sure, I would be pleasantly surprised if Louis van Gaal asked me. I would [do the job] wherever in the world because I love working with him,” said the 37-year-old.
“It doesn’t matter what club it will be if he asks me to join him, I would be absolutely honoured to be on his side.”