According to The Guardian, Holland manager Louis van Gaal wants to finalize his deal to manage Manchester United by the end of the week.
Terms have yet to be agreed between the 62-year-old and last year’s Premier League champions but advisers of van Gaal claim a deal is in the works with the manager eager to get his future sorted before official World Cup preparations begin on May 7th.
With signs pointing to van Gaal as the permanent replacement for David Moyes, questions surround the future of interim player-manager Ryan Giggs. The Welshman looked every bit the part in Saturday’s 4-0 drubbing of Norwich City convincing most United supporters and neutrals alike that the 40-year-old deserved a shot at becoming permanent successor.
‘What if he wins out United’s final matches – surely they’d have to at least consider him, right?’ could be heard on repeat throughout bars across the globe.
Home matches against Sunderland and Hull City and an away fixture at Southampton are what remains for Giggs to convince United’s board he’s their man for the future. But despite odds on Giggs becoming United’s next manager having dropped from 14-1 to 7-2 after Saturday’s win and having the support of Sir Alex Ferguson – who reportedly told a charity lunch last week that United should give him the permanent job – it appears that van Gaal’s vast experience will ultimately trump.
Reports also have another Dutchman, Patrick Kluivert, as likely to join van Gaal at United, although not as his No. 2. That spot would feel a natural fit for Giggs except that somehow amidst all this commotion we seem to have forgotten that Giggs is still a player and may not yet be ready to hang up the boots.
“I think that’s another conversation as well,” Giggs said. “I don’t know what I’m doing about playing, I don’t know what’s going to happen, so again it’s something that I’ll think about and decide with the appropriate people after the season.”
Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.
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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.
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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:
- A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
- A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
- A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
- A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
- A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
- A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B
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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.
The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?
With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.
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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.
Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.
Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.
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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.
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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.
Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).