Louis van Gaal has spoken publicly for the first time about becoming the next permanent manager of Manchester United and, naturally, he wants the job. However, despite reports that his appointment will be confirmed next week, the Netherlands coach denies he has accepted the position.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has long been the favourite to replace David Moyes, who was sacked two weeks ago, and had even been linked with the role before the Scot was forced to relinquish power.
Ryan Giggs was placed in temporary charge after the departure of Moyes and, although some have called for the Manchester United icon to assume control on a full-time basis, the announced of Van Gaal as Moyes’ successor has always appeared inevitable.
It had initially been claimed that Van Gaal would be confirmed by Manchester United ahead of the Netherlands’ pre-World Cup training camp, but this has clearly not transpired. Van Gaal, however, is now in the full spotlight given his international duties, and was unable to avoid questions on Manchester United when conducting media interviews on Wednesday.
"I would love the job," Van Gaal told BBC Sport. "I hope that I shall be the one. It's the biggest club in the world and it's a fantastic challenge."
He added: "You (the media) are thinking I'm the man but the most important thing is whether Manchester United are thinking that.”
Speaking to Voetbal International, meanwhile, Van Gaal claimed he has yet to make a decision on his future and that there are “several clubs interested” in recruiting him after he leaves his post with the Netherlands this summer.