Manchester United receive new demands from Louis van Gaal

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Incoming Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will tell Ed Woodward at a meeting today that he wants to bring five of his own backroom staff to Old Trafford before giving the green light to formally completing a deal to take charge, according to The Times.

Van Gaal is set to hold talks with Woodward and Ryan Giggs today to discuss the possibility of making the Welshman his number two at the Theatre of Dreams, on a rest day for the Netherlands squad currently being marshalled by the veteran coach at a training camp in Hoenderloo.

The 62-year-old is willing to discuss at length the best option for Giggs in terms of a potential role on his coaching staff, but wants assurances over being allowed to pick his own coaching team before formally confirming his intention to join the Premier League giants next season.

Giggs for his part is still thought to be undecided over whether to retire from playing and completely focus his attention on building a coaching career, a position which hasn't changed despite taking charge of United's last four games of the season.

United expect to confirm Van Gaal as their new boss in a public announcement over the next 72 hours, with the hope that today's meeting, at a location which has so far managed not to become public knowledge, will address any concerns the Dutch national boss has about taking on a massive challenge in England.

Goalkeeping coach Chris Woods has already been told by Woodward he has no future with United as the club begin preparations to meet Van Gaal's demands, while another man who arrived at Carrington last summer in Phil Neville is also expected to be axed.

Woodward faces a delicate balance in terms of harnessing the spirit of a famed Class of 92 while moving United back to the kind of leading position with which they have become synonymous since the Premier League's inception, a challenge set be handed to Van Gaal before the end of the week.

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