Louis van Gaal hints he's about to take over at Man Utd

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Louis van Gaal seemingly confirmed that he will take charge of Manchester United shortly - while making a joke about how easy it is to keep an eye on Robin van Persie.

The Dutch boss is expected to be named as the long term replacement for David Moyes - although his appointment has been delayed further according to reports today, having initially been expected to be unveiled this week.

The delay is said to be because Manchester United have struck up a deal with the Dutch FA to postpone the announcement until after Holland's World Cup warm-up friendly against Ecuador this weekend.

However his appointment is quickly turning into one of the worst kept secrets in football - something he alluded to when taking questions at a press conference today.

When Van Gaal was asked about how Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is getting on following a disrupted season through injury, he seemed to suggest that he was confident of the striker's fitness because of his impending appointment as Red Devils boss.

"I know what he does at Manchester United," he is quoted as saying by De Telegraaf, via Sports Witness. "That is very easy nowadays of course.

"That was a joke, of course. I thought it was a good joke."

Van Gaal has a sizeable task on his hands when eventually does take over at Manchester United after the World Cup in Brazil. 

The Red Devils recorded their lowest ever Premier League finish last time round, and are expected to spend big this summer in order to make up for the shortcomings in their squad.

Ryan Giggs, who was spotted in Holland yesterday emerging after talks with Van Gaal, is expected to be named as his number two.

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