Manchester United officials attend Holland v Spain

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Louis van Gaal attended Holland's game against Spain at the Amsterdam Arena on Tuesday night along with several Manchester United officials, reports Telegraph correspondent Mark Ogden.

The Red Devils manager's presence at the match would have drawn little attention. It is more than conceivable that as former manager of the national team he was invited to watch the game. However, the presence of several prominent coaches has helped to suggest that he was there to scout possible summer transfer targets.

Goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek would have undoubtedly been there to keep checks on David de Gea, who was selected ahead of Iker Casillas by Vicente del Bosque. Jos van Dijk, a close confidant of Van Gaal and Manchester United first-team coach, was also present as was chief opposition scout Marcel Bout.

Who were they there for?

Daley Blind was the only other Manchester United player involved in the fixture, suggesting they were there to look not only at their own players, but at potential signings. One would have almost certainly been Memphis Depay.

The 21-year-old has been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer with PSV Eindhoven preparing to cash in on their prized asset. Currently fighting it out with his team-mate Luuk de Jong for the Eredivisie Golden Boot, Depay is expected to inspire bids of around £20million when the summer transfer window opens.

Van Gaal has already played a significant role in his development after handing him a prominent place in his World Cup squad last summer. Depay repaid him with several impressive displays. Last night, under a new manager, it was not much different.

The attacking winger was a constant threat against Spain and demonstrated his pace and power against Daniel Carvajal. If Van Gaal was there to watch him, he would have been impressed.

The reality

It is entirely possible that all four of the coaches had been invited by the Dutch FA to attend what would end up being Holland's best performance since returning from Brazil. They have struggled in qualifying for the European Championships, but beating Spain for the second time in the space of the year proves they are back on track.

However, they must make up a massive five points to vault Iceland into the second qualifying place in Group A. Plenty of fans in the Amsterdam Arena would have been wishing Van Gaal was in the dugout instead of the stands.

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