Kevin Strootman wants Manchester United move to work with Van Gaal

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Kevin Strootman is keen on a move to Manchester United to work with prospective new manager Louis van Gaal, reports suggest.

The Red Devils have been linked with Strootman this week and, according to reports from Sky Italia cited by The Metro, the £25 million-rated Roma star is keen to switch to Old Trafford to link-up with Van Gaal.

Netherlands boss Van Gaal - who is due to step down from his current role following this summer's World Cup in Brazil - is yet to be officially unveiled as then next permanent manager at Old Trafford, but Manchester United are expected to name him as the successor to David Moyes in the near future.

As an established Netherlands international, Strootman - who will sadly miss the World Cup after tearing a cruciate ligament in his knee during Roma's 1-0 defeat to Napoli in March - obviously has plenty of experience of Van Gaal's management style.

Such a fondness would appear to be reciprocated by Van Gaal with much speculation in recent weeks suggesting that Strootman is indeed one of the 62-year-old's key transfer targets ahead of his imminent move to Manchester United.

If Manchester United could indeed engineer a deal with Roma to sign Strootman, such a move would be an extremely positive one.

With the club seeking to move on from an embarrassing 2013/14 season during which time they regressed from Premier League champions to Europa League qualification contenders, the signing of such an impressive talent would go some way to proving that Manchester United are still capable of attracting top talent.

Providing he is able to recover sufficiently from such a devastating injury setback, former PSV Eindhoven midfielder Strootman would be an extremely promising addition to the Manchester United squad.

The fact that he appears to be in favour of such a switch can surely only be good news.

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