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Louis van Gaal set to appear on Manchester United television

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Manchester United fans will get a chance to see incoming coach Louis van Gaal strut his stuff on the club's official television network tomorrow night, after MUTV confirmed that it will show Holland's friendly against Ecuador live and exclusive to the United Kingdom.

Red Devils chief executive-vice chairman Ed Woodward has been locked in talks with Van Gaal for weeks in a bid to finalise terms for the veteran coach to take charge at Old Trafford, with caretaker manager Ryan Giggs also included in those negotiations as he mulls over an offer to join the coaching staff next season.

MUTV have decided to capitalise on that speculation by agreeing a deal to show Van Gaal's Holland in action in a friendly against Ecuador at the Amsterdam Arena, a clash that will see United stars Robin van Persie and Antonio Valencia lock horns as part of both side's preparations for the World Cup finals.

United's official Twitter account confirmed the news earlier this afternoon, providing fans with a chance to watch Van Gaal take charge of a match before his predicted appointment as the next Red Devils boss.

Van Gaal has primarily adopted a 4-3-3 formation throughout both his extensive managerial career and Holland's successful World Cup campaign, but rumours are widespread in the Dutch media that he plans to experiment in the friendly with a new 3-5-2 formation.

The 62-year-old took time out of Holland's World Cup preparations to meet Giggs and Woodward in Noordwijk earlier this week, but still no formal confirmation has been forthcoming on the United job at this stage and is not expected until at least 48 hours after Holland's game with Ecuador.

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