United dismiss van Gaal reports

Louis van Gaal. Credit: Liewig Christian/ABACA/Press Association Images

Manchester United have distanced themselves from reports in Holland that Louis van Gaal has agreed a three-year deal to become their new manager.

The Dutchman is the favourite to replace the sacked David Moyes at the end of the season, with prominent newspaper De Telegraaf claiming on Saturday morning that the 62-year-old agreed a deal on Friday.

The report said that Van Gaal met United chief executive Ed Woodward and a member of the Glazer family, the club's owners, at his private villa in the Algarve.

It added that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, who will lead Holland at this summer's World Cup, would be free to choose his own backroom staff, claiming he would likely take Patrick Kluivert as his number two.

But United, who have put Ryan Giggs in charge until the end of the season, denied the reports, with a spokesman saying: "There is nothing to report. We have not signed a new manager. When we have something to report, we will announce it."