Football: Van Gaal agrees to Man Utd move, but announcement to come only after season

Netherlands national football coach Louis van Gaal has reportedly agreed a deal to be the new manager of Manchester United, but a club spokesperson insisted no announcement will be made this week. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Netherlands national football coach Louis van Gaal has reportedly agreed a deal to be the new manager of Manchester United, but a club spokesperson insisted no announcement will be made this week. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Netherlands national football coach Louis van Gaal has reportedly agreed a deal to be the new manager of Manchester United, but a club spokesperson insisted no announcement will be made this week.

Various British media outlets reported on Wednesday that van Gaal has agreed personal terms with United, and will take over at Old Trafford after his World Cup commitments with the Dutch national side in Brazil.

However, in response to media queries, an United spokesperson said "no announcement on the manager's position will be made this week."

Interim player-manager Ryan Giggs, who took over from the sacked David Moyes two weeks ago, said he has no update from club vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

"I have not spoken to Ed for the last couple of days, so nothing has changed since Saturday," the Welsh winger said. "It could be the next few days, it could be the next couple of weeks."

Giggs added that he is still to decide about his United future despite making what appeared to be a farewell appearance in a 3-1 win over Hull City.

The 40-year-old midfielder's contract is due to expire at the end of the season, but he made no mention of his future in a post-match address to the crowd. Speaking to journalists afterwards, he explained that he had not reached a decision about whether to hang up his boots after a 23-year United career in which he has made a record 963 appearances for the club.

"I've not decided yet," he said. "Nothing has changed. I'll wait until the season has finished and then get a holiday and think about it in the next couple of weeks."