Dutch football manager Louis van Gaal has finally broken his silence on a speculated move to Manchester United despite being a month away from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The former Bayern Munich boss has spoken out ahead of a possible move to Old Trafford, and has revealed his desire to join The Red Devils after David Moyes was sacked on 22 April.
“I would love the job,” van Gaal told the BBC. “I hope that I shall be the one. It’s the biggest club in the world and it’s a fantastic challenge,” he said during a training session with the Holland squad’s domestic based players in Hoenderloo.
The current Netherlands national team coach has been tipped as the main candidate to replace United interim manager Ryan Giggs at the beginning of next season, with the Welshman likely to maintain an assistant coach position pending a meeting with the club.
Van Gaal has also reiterated his focus on the Dutch national team with the World Cup showpiece in Brazil just over the horizon.
“I have to focus on my job. I am coach of the Dutch national team. I have waited a long time to be in a World Cup so that’s very important,”he said.
The 62-year-old Holland coach has also enjoyed previous managerial spells at Ajax Amsterdam, AZ Alkmaar (both Holland) Bayern Munich (Germany) and FC Barcelona (Spain).
Some of his managerial honours include two La Liga titles (with Barca), a Bundesliga title (with Bayern), four Eredivisie titles (one with AZ and three with Ajax) and a UEFA Champions League title (with Ajax in 1994-95).