Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Out with the old and in with the new for Manchester United

A final goodbye? Ryan Giggs acknowledges the United fans on what could well be his last appearance at Old Trafford as a player
A final goodbye? Ryan Giggs acknowledges the United fans on what could well be his last appearance at Old Trafford as a player
Louis van Gaal is widely tipped to be the next Manchester United manager

Louis van Gaal is to be named as the new Manchester United manager before the weekend.

Now that the Red Devils have got their last home match out of the way – winning 3-1 against Hull City last night – they will move quickly to install the Dutchman as he is about to begin his World Cup preparations with Brazil-bound Holland.

Van Gaal has been in constant contact with United representatives as the final details of his contract are hammered out.

But the 62-year-old has made it clear he wants everything done and dusted before he gets into what he has described as "World Cup mode." Already it's clear that van Gaal wants former Holland striker Patrick Kluivert as his right hand man – but it's also understood that no decision on the future of interim manager Ryan Giggs has been taken.

Reports coming out of Holland last night say van Gaal will attempt to make Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas his first major signing.

David Moyes had an unsuccessful pursuit of the Spaniard last summer but van Gaal believes that with the help of compatriot Robin van Persie – one of Fabregas' best friends – he can close the deal this time. Fabregas will be the new club captain if he signs.

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