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Van Gaal refuses to be drawn on Manchester United speculation

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Incoming Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal refused to comment on continued speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford.

Van Gaal faced the media this afternoon in his last press conference before he announces his provisional World Cup squad.

The 62-year-old, who is expected to finalise his contract with Manchester United later this week, wanted to focus on all matters concerning the Netherlands national team.

Van Gaal has been coaching a small selection of his squad this week ahead of the rest of the squad joining up with the squad.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager said on recent speculation: "I am speaking about the Dutch national team today. I am not going to speak about Manchester United.

"You should ask Manchester United about my contract.

"I murmured four and a half words [about Manchester United] and that made 60 pages."

Van Gaal has been the leading candidate to replace Moyes ever since the Scotsman was dismissed from his role at Manchester United.

The experienced tactician is currently the odds-on favourite (33/1 on) to take over the reins at Old Trafford, while the next possible replacement for Moyes - Ryan Giggs - is 14/1.

Van Gaal is expected to hand chief executive Ed Woodward a transfer wish-list before he focuses his attentions on getting the Dutch national team out of their World Cup group.

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