Louis van Gaal has admitted he would love the to become the next Manchester United manager, with the Dutchman claiming the Premier League champions are "the biggest club in the world".

The 62-year-old's comments are the first time he has spoken of the prospect of becoming David Moyes's permanent successor at United, a position he is expected to be confirmed in next week.

"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."

United want to wait until their season ends on Sunday before making an announcement over their next manager. "You [reporters] are thinking I'm the man but the most important thing is whether Manchester United are thinking that," Van Gaal said.

He insisted he would not allow the attention on his future to distract him from the immediate task of leading Holland at the World Cup. "I have to focus on my job," he said. "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.This doesn't affect me. I have always had offers.