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Netherlands boss Van Gaal linked with replacing Moyes at Man Utd

Dutch national coach Louis van Gaal is the latest name being bandied about as the next Manchester United manager, if the Old Trafford outfit lose patience with David Moyes.

Reigning Premier League champions United are enduring a difficult first season under Moyes and sit seventh in the table, 12 points off the Champions League places. The Red Devils are now 10/1 shots to make up that deficit before the end of the season and make a top-four finish.

Van Gaal, 62, had successful spells with Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich before becoming boss of his native Netherlands in 2012. His deal as Clockwork Orange coach is set to run out after the World Cup and he has indicated he wants a return to club management.

“I will definitely not be in charge for the Euro 2016 qualification campaign,” Van Gaal said. “I don’t know where I will go next, normally I go with my pension, and go to live in Portugal, but maybe there will come a new challenge.

“I have said before that a challenge should be a club in the Premier League. That’s a challenge. But, first, we have to go to Brazil.”

Coral reported over the weekend that former Chelsea caretaker Guus Hiddink is being lined up to replace Van Gaal for a second spell in the Dutch national dugout.

That appeared to give 4/1 Premier League top-four hopefuls Tottenham a clear run on Van Gaal, should Tim Sherwood fail to deliver Champions League football to White Hart Lane for next season.

Now Van Gaal may have another suitor, however. United’s owners, the Glazer Family, have privately backed Moyes, but there has been no show of public support for the Scot, who succeeded Alex Ferguson last summer.

While Moyes has never won a major trophy, Van Gaal boasts four Eredivisie titles, two La Liga crowns, a Bundesliga championship, domestic cup successes in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany, and the UEFA Cup and Champions League on his CV.

In other Red Devils news, highly-rated Sporting Lisbon destroyer William Carvalho has hinted at a summer switch to Old Trafford.

The 21-year-old, who was born in Angola but plays for Portugal, has a reported buy-out clause of £37.5m. “It’s nice being praised and to know there are some big clubs interested in me,” he said.

“It could be Manchester United or Real Madrid. It’s just nice to have a European club after me, but at the moment I’m totally focused on Sporting and doing my best until the end of the season.”

United have also reportedly switched their attention to PSV Eindhoven right back Santiago Arias after it emerged that Everton’s Seamus Coleman would be too expensive. Red Devils scouts have been impressed by the 22-year-old Colombia international and he could be snapped up for £8m before the World Cup.

Under-fire Moyes travels to another club where the boss fears for his job next. West Brom head coach Pepe Mel is the 5/1 second-favourite in Coral’s next Premier League manager to leave market. Moyes is joint-third with Newcastle United gaffer Alan Pardew at 8/1.