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Manchester United delay Louis Van Gaal announcement again

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Manchester United fans are set to be frustrated once more as they wait to learn who their next permanent manager will be after a host of reports claimed there will be no announcement made in the near future.

It's been three weeks since former boss David Moyes was relieved of his duties, and although it was reported in the aftermath of the Scot's departure that Dutch national boss Van Gaal had been lined up as his replacement, official confirmation is not yet forthcoming.

The Guardian report that Manchester United have agreed to delay the announcement once more as a mark of respect for the Netherlands and their upcoming World Cup warm-up game against Ecuador on Saturday.

They say that the club and the Dutch FA have agreed to delay news confirming Van Gaal as Manchester United boss until after that game so that it doesn't serve as a distraction at a key stage of the Netherlands' World Cup preparations. The paper adds that the delay is also down to some final contract details that need to be finalised.

While the Old Trafford faithful wait on news over the identity of Sir Alex Ferguson's long-term successor, it's being reported that Ryan Giggs will indeed become Van Gaal's number two when the agreement is finally announced.

It had been suggested that Giggs - who took charge temporarily following Moyes' departure - faced an uncertain future at Old Trafford, however after being spotted meeting with Van Gaal in Holland yesterday, various reports claim that he has agreed to be his right-hand man next season.

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