Louis Van Gaal Delays Naming Dutch World Cup Squad To Finalise Manchester United Managerial Negotiations

Oranje’s 23-man squad was due to be announced on Friday. 

Netherlands national team head coach Louis van Gaal has delayed naming his World Cup squad until next week as he continues negotiations with Premier League champions Manchester United about taking over from the recently sacked David Moyes in the Old Trafford hot seat next season, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

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The Scot was given his marching orders by the those in charge of the Red Devils in a face-to-face meeting with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward last Tuesday, with Van Gaal immediately made one of the favourites to replace Moyes at the Theatre of Dreams.

However, both parties have since been involved in a race against time to wrap up discussions, with Van Gaal set to meet with some of his Netherlands players in a pre-World Cup training camp for the very first time next Wednesday, meaning that any deal to bring the experienced trainer to United needs to be wrapped up before that cut-off date.

And as a result, it is understood that Van Gaal has now decided to postpone the naming of his World Cup squad from Friday until Monday in order to give United and his advisers more time to finalise the finer points of his contract.

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