Louis van Gaal is hopeful that a deal to make him Manchester United manager will be sealed this week, with the Holland national coach keen to do so before starting his official World Cup preparations on 7 May.

While Van Gaal's advisers deny terms have already been agreed with United, there is optimism that negotiations can be concluded and that an announcement can be made, even as soon as before the weekend.

If Van Gaal does become David Moyes's permanent successor as manager he could bring Patrick Kluivert as part of his coaching staff, although the former Newcastle United striker would not be his No2. This would allow Van Gaal to offer the role to Ryan Giggs, the interim manager, although the 62-year-old is under no pressure from United to do so.