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Manchester United owners impressed by Van Gaal

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Manchester United may have moved to deny claims they held a meeting with Louis van Gaal last week, but the Dutch press continue to report that the Netherlands manager is in contention to replace David Moyes.

The position of the Manchester United boss remains under intense scrutiny, and speculation about his future reached fever pitch over the weekend following the emergence of the most serious links with Van Gaal to date. And, despite the denial from Manchester United, De Telegraaf have released yet more supposed revelations.

It is claimed that Van Gaal had an interview for the Manchester United job last Friday, with the experienced coach having met three of the Glazer family - Malcolm, Joel and Avram. They are reported to have been ‘very impressed’ by what they heard from Van Gaal.

Van Gaal will relinquish his role as Netherlands national coach after the World Cup this summer, with Guus Hiddink set to replace him, meaning Manchester United or other suitors would not have to fork out for any compensation.

But, for Manchester United specifically, the cost would come from the termination of Moyes’ contract, with the Scot having penned a six-year deal when leaving Everton to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson last summer.

However, despite this latest report from De Telegraaf, it would still appear very unlikely the Manchester United board would take the decision to sack Moyes, given the support he retains from Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton.

Moyes and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward are also working together to recruit some notable players to reinforce an ageing squad, with the pursuit of Toni Kroos continuing and club reported to has struck a deal for William Carvalho.

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