Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United will be better off trying to sign Kevin Strootman than Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos, reports the Sunday People.
The Dutch international, who has been labelled the 'Dutch Roy Keane' in the past was a target for Manchester United last summer, but the player opted to join AS Roma.
A serious knee injury has since ruled him out of Holland's World Cup campaign but Van Gaal has remained in constant contact with the midfielder and believes he could succeed at Old Trafford.
Strootman is expected to return to full fitness in time for the new season and Van Gaal is confident that he could still make a big impact at Old Trafford.
More importantly, Van Gaal believes convincing AS Roma to sell Strootman, valued at around £30m, would be a lot easier than convincing Bayern Munich to part with Kroos.
The German international has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United throughout the season but their continued interest is in doubt following the dismissal of David Moyes.
Although Van Gaal has strong links with Bayern Munich, he believes that Strootman would be the better option of the two despite his serious injury.
Strootman is a more forceful midfielder than Kroos and fits the mould of what many believe has been missing from Manchester United's team since the days of Keane.
Van Gaal has a strong relationship with Strootman and is confident the player would join him at Manchester United if they can meet Roma's valuation.