Manchester United deal for Louis van Gaal set for delay

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Louis van Gaal has returned from his short break in Portugal and is set to resume duties with the Dutch national side, reports Dutch newspaper AD.

It signals the end of a golden opportunity for Manchester United to seal a deal for the manager, who will now have to focus on picking World Cup squad ahead of the deadline of May 7.

He will lead a meeting with his backroom staff today and meetings over players are set to continue all week until Friday, when a preliminary squad will be announced.

The newspaper claims that there is definitely no firm agreement between Manchester United and Van Gaal. With the World Cup fast approaching, the manager will struggle to fit in further negotiations before the first games kick-off on June 12.

Talks hit a snag earlier this week when Manchester United officials expressed their concerns of allowing Van Gaal to bring in a whole host of new backroom staff.

They are keen for the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes to keep a role within the club with Van Gaal apparently reluctant to compromise.

If Manchester United are determined to bring Van Gaal to Old Trafford it may mean waiting until after the World Cup when he will officially leave his post.

That could delay Manchester United's transfer business, which Old Trafford bosses know from last season, can have devastating effects on the Premier League campaign.

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