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United close to van Gaal deal

Manchester United could make Louis van Gaal their new manager as early as today.

United are thought to be close to a deal with the Dutchman, whose job as Netherlands boss ends after next month's World Cup.

Ed Woodward, United's executive vice-chairman, could shed some light on the managerial situation this afternoon when he addresses Wall Street analysts following the publication of the club's quarterly financial figures.

Ryan Giggs, who took charge temporarily following David Moyes' sacking, met van Gaal this week to discuss his role in the new Old Trafford set-up.

Giggs was photographed coming out of a hotel near van Gaal's home in Noordwijk on Wednesday before returning to England to attend the U21 Premier League final.

Van Gaal, meanwhile, would not comment when asked for the latest by Sky Sports News reporter Gary Cotterill at a book launch in Amsterdam.

United will be getting a manager who has won the league with all four of his clubs, which include Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Van Gaal also won the Champions League and UEFA Cup during his time as Ajax boss.

, and a deal is now imminent.

Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm, a member of the Netherlands squad, believes his national boss could have a successful spell in England.

"I think he's a coach who has a lot of experience obviously and the type of manager that treats everybody the same," he told Sky Sports News.

"He's very direct, he knows what he wants, so I think it's a good coach who really will suit Manchester United.

"He showed in the previous clubs he worked with, he did really well and I think he will do the same with Manchester United.

"He loves his job, he's not afraid to show it, but everything is in discipline and a lot of thought about it. He knows what he wants, he will show it."