Van Gaal ‘has three Man Utd targets’

Louis van Gaal has already identified the three players he most wants to bring to Manchester United should he be appointed as manager – Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos and Borussia Dortmund duo Mats Hummels and Marco Reus, ESPN has reported.

Van Gaal is the favourite to replace David Moyes as the full-time United boss after Moyes was sacked last month and player-coach Ryan Giggs was placed in interim control. Van Gaal is currently Coach of the Netherlands but it has already been confirmed that he will leave his post after the World Cup, and he has spoken publically about his desire to manage in the Premier League.

The 62-year-old is said to be happy to work from the list of targets agreed by Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward, with the likes of Southampton’s Luke Shaw and Sporting’s William Carvalho also on the agenda.

But van Gaal has not yet agreed to take over at Old Trafford and it is thought that timing will be a problem. The Netherlands’ World Cup preparations begin on May 10 and the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich Coach wants his future settled by then.

The Netherlands have Spain, Australia and Chile in their World Cup group and play their first game against defending champions Spain in a repeat of the final from 2010. An Andres Iniesta goal was enough for La Roja to claim the trophy.

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