Woodward, who was in Madrid to watch the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, knows that the Dutch FA will not allow talks with their manager to progess beyond the first week of May.
Netherlands national team head coach Louis van Gaal remains Manchester United’s first-choice candidate to take over from the recently sacked David Moyes in the Old Trafford hot seat next season, according to reports in the Guardian.
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The Glazer family, who own the Premier League champions, are reportedly set to fly in to the UK on Friday from their base in the US in order to begin the process of identifying the next Red Devils boss, with Joel Glazer said to be leading the recruitment process alongside United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
And it is still understood that the man the club are after is Van Gaal, although Woodward is also said to be acutely aware of the fact that any deal to bring the experienced Dutchman to the Theatre of Dreams needs to be concluded if possible by May 7, which is when Van Gaal is set to gather for his first pre-World Cup training camp in the Netherlands with his Eredivisie-based players only.
Woodward, though, is said to be confident of being able to wrap up a deal for the 62-year-old before then, with there even being some suggestions that he flew to Portugal on Thursday to meet Van Gaal at his holiday home in the Algarve.