United are not expected to name their new boss until after the weekend, but Van Gaal is the overwhelming favourite to succeed David Moyes.
The 31-year-old will be out of action for the next eight to 10 weeks, meaning he should be fit for the start of pre-season training in the summer.
City's superior goal difference over Liverpool means they can claim their second Premier League crown with a draw at home to West Ham on the final day of the season.
Despite the recent disappointment the Reds boss believes the club have taken great strides forward by qualifying for the Champions League, and remains optimistic about the future.
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