United: Van Gaal’s not a done deal

first_img A report in Dutch paper De Telegraaf on Saturday claimed Holland coach Van Gaal had agreed to sign a three-year deal at Old Trafford following a meeting with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in Portugal. It added that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, who will leave his post as Holland coach after this summer’s World Cup, would be free to choose his own backroom staff, claiming he would likely take Patrick Kluivert as his number two. The way Giggs conducted himself during the first press conference of his temporary reign is understood to have gone down well with senior figures as the club. The interim manager spoke of his desire to restore some pride to the club following a disastrous season under Moyes, who left the team in seventh place, some 23 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Liverpool. Giggs has received the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scot, whose retirement teed up the appointment of Moyes – a decision he was a driving force behind – on Friday appeared to put his weight behind Giggs getting the job on a full-time basis. “I think that he [Giggs] is the one man they should go to really,” Ferguson said at a charity dinner, according to the Daily Telegraph. “He’s got 20-odd years of experience at Manchester United. “I signed him as a kid at 13 years of age. He’s gone through the gamut of emotions at the club – he’s experienced all the highs and lows.” Giggs has immediately tried to evoke memories of former eras at Old Trafford, by installing fellow members of the ‘Class of 92′ – Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes – on his staff. “He knows exactly what’s needed to be a Manchester United player and I was so pleased he brought Paul Scholes back in, and Nicky Butt of course – two great professionals,” Ferguson added. “They understand the club, they are hard workers, they are straight as a die. So you have got the right combinations there, there’s no doubt about that.” Giggs, who has been taking his UEFA Pro Licence exams, wants to prove he has a future in management during his four-match spell as interim coach. “I’ve got a chance to show what I can do and what I am capable of as a manager in a short space of time,” he said. Giggs appears open to the idea of talking with the board about taking charge, or at least having some sort of role within the new coach’s set-up, in the summer. “It can happen [young managers getting the job]. That’s not something I’m thinking about at the moment,” Giggs said. “That’s another conversation to be had in three weeks, six weeks or whenever in the future.” But United, who have put Ryan Giggs in charge until the end of the season, denied the reports, with a spokesman saying: “There is nothing to report. We have not signed a new manager. When we have something to report, we will announce it.” Club sources said there were still “a number of names in the hat” – suggesting the hunt for Moyes’ successor could take some time yet. Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have ruled themselves out of the running publicly. Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has done so too, but he was never thought to be under consideration. Other potential contenders include Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone and Juventus’ Antonio Conte. It is easy to see why Van Gaal would be an attractive option. The 62-year-old has won titles in Holland, Germany and Spain. He has also made it clear that wants to move to England after the World Cup. He was rumoured to be linked with the Tottenham job, but United would prove to be a far more attractive option for the Dutchman. The fact that Van Gaal would not be able to take over at United until after the World Cup is not considered a deal-breaker by the club’s board. Woodward, meanwhile, is expected to be at Old Trafford on Saturday evening to watch Giggs take charge of his first United game versus Norwich. Woodward does not view the 40-year-old Welshman as a potential successor to Moyes, but the United hierarchy do see the midfielder as their potential manager a few years down the line. Press Association Manchester United are yet to decide who should replace David Moyes despite reports Louis van Gaal has agreed a deal to take charge of the club.last_img read more

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No excuses for Di Maria sending off – Van Gaal

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal said Angel Di Maria can have “no excuses” for his FA Cup quarter-final sending off against Arsenal.The Argentina midfielder was dismissed for two quick yellow cards in their 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.He was booked for diving and then grabbed the shirt of referee Michael Oliver – earning himself a red card.”I think he’s touched the referee and that’s forbidden in every country, so he has no excuses,” said Van Gaal.Angel Di Maria was dismissed after appearing to grab Michael Oliver’s shirt “In Spain, he knows that he doesn’t touch the referee, but that is also in his emotion.”I’ve already spoken with him, he knows my opinion but also I have to see on the video.”Former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck returned to Old Trafford to score the second-half winner for Arsenal.Earlier, Nacho Monreal’s opening goal for the Gunners was cancelled out by Wayne Rooney’s header.Van Gaal on United’s FA Cup exitFA Cup: Man Utd 1-2 Arsenal highlights “I’ve said in the dressing room we gave [the game] away by ourselves and that is the biggest disappointment. In the second half, we had the first chance also then we gave it away again.”We don’t lose from the opponent, we lost from ourselves and it was very disappointing. You play this match to win; to beat the opponent. We wanted to be in the semi-final.”Oliver under the spotlightMichael Oliver found himself at the centre of four second-half talking pointsReferee Oliver’s performance also came in for close scrutiny. As well as the Di Maria incidents, Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin escaped a second yellow card for a foul on Ashley Young and Adnan Januzaj’s appeals for a late penalty were turned down and the Belgium winger was booked for diving. Incident one – Bellerin escapes second yellowBellerin received a booking for a foul on Ashley Young in just the third minute. Just after the hour mark, the pair tangled again and Young went down under the challenge.The Arsenal player avoided seeing yellow again and stayed on.Louis van Gaal: “He hasn’t received a second yellow card. The referee is the boss of that, he decides.”Bellerin was replaced shortly after and replaced by Calum Chambers.Incident two – Di Maria divesWith United trailing 2-1 and 15 minutes remaining, Angel Di Maria throws himself to the floor and is booked for a tame dive. Incident three – Di Maria sees redThe Argentine’s yellow quickly becomes a red as, amid confusion around Old Trafford, the club’s £59.7m record signing grabbed the shirt of Michael Oliver.Chief football writer Phil McNulty: “Di Maria was utterly senseless to tug at his shirt to see a second yellow.”John Murray, BBC Radio 5 live commentator: “Angel Di Maria walks off the field and they’re applauding him.”But for goodness sake, two yellow cards for that behaviour, he’s cost his side a place in the semi-finals. He grabbed the referee’s shirt and you simply cannot do that.” Di Maria had earlier supplied the cross for Wayne Rooney’s headed equaliserIncident four – Januzaj booked for divingFive minutes were left on the Old Trafford clock as United attacked the Stretford End in search of an equaliser.Adnan Januzaj attempted to get past Nacho Monreal and fell to the floor by the byeline with the home fans appealing for a penalty.Oliver waved away the appeals and awarded an Arsenal free-kick, booking the Belgian for simulation.Phil Neville on BBC Radio 5 live: “Januzaj showed brilliant ability on that right-hand side to go past Monreal, but it’s a brilliant decision – there was no need to go over. There was no contact at all and Januzaj goes down too easily.” Danny Murphy on Match of the Day: “That was the right decision and a brave decision by the referee right in front of the Stretford End.”Adnan Januzaj protests for a late penalty were ignored by Michael Oliverlast_img read more

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