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Manchester United has denied a media report saying Dutch national soccer coach Louis Van Gaal has agreed to be the Premier League club’s next manager.
“We have not signed a new manager,” Manchester United said in a statement today. “When we have something to report, we will announce it.”
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf today said former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Van Gaal had reached an agreement to take over at Manchester United after the World Cup in Brazil, without saying where it got the information.
Manchester United said April 22 that it had parted company with David Moyes, who took over as manager from Alex Ferguson last year.
Kees Jansma, a spokesman for the Dutch national team, was reported as saying Van Gaal has held talks with the English club.
“He told me there’s nothing definitive yet,” Jansma was cited by Dutch broadcaster NOS as saying. “There are things going on, but he didn’t expect to be able to tell more before the beginning of next week.”
Manchester United this week installed Ryan Giggs, who has played 962 games for the club, as interim coach in place of Moyes. He takes charge of the team for the first time today for the home game at Old Trafford against Norwich City.
With four of 38 games left, United is seventh in the Premier League after 11 defeats this season -- its most since the championship began in 1992. Under Ferguson, it won 38 trophies in 26 years.