I want Manchester United job, says Louis van Gaal

Netherlands manager says 'I hope that I shall be the one'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 May, 2014, 10:11am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 May, 2014, 11:08am

Louis van Gaal said on Wednesday he wants to be the new manager of Manchester United.

“I would love the job,” the Netherlands boss, speaking at the start of a three-day Dutch World Cup training camp,” told the BBC.

“I hope that I shall be the one,” added Van Gaal, who also said United were the “biggest club in the world”.

The 62-year-old has long been the leading candidate to become the next full-time manager of the struggling English champions since United sacked David Moyes just months after he’d been unveiled as the chosen successor of retired former boss Alex Ferguson.

United, who have failed to qualify for next term’s Champions League, are currently under the caretaker charge of 40-year-old club great Ryan Giggs, still an active player.

Sunday sees United play their final Premier League game of the season, away to Southampton, and there have been several reports in the British press that Van Gaal will be announced as their new full-time manager next week.

“You [the media] are thinking I’m the man but the most important thing is whether Manchester United are thinking that,” Van Gaal said.

When asked if Giggs would remain on his staff at Old Trafford or whether former Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert would join him in Manchester, Van Gaal said: “How can I answer these questions? There is a process [in appointing a manager].”