Manchester United could be looking rather orange next season, at least if their new manager has anything to say about it.
Louis van Gaal made waves earlier this summer when he announced his intention to return to club management once the World Cup was over, and that he preferred to try his hand in the Premier League. While initial reports made it seem like he was a lock for the sideline with Tottenham, the Dutch national instead agreed to replace the much-maligned David Moyes at Old Trafford.
The performance of the Netherlands under Van Gaal in Brazil has been nothing short of brilliant, as the Dutch absolutely trounced a Spanish side that many sites such as Gambling.com were touting as a tournament favorite by the core of 5-1 before securing a spot in the second round thanks to a 3-2 come from behind victory over Australia’s side. With a group match against Chile set to determine only which one of the sides will win the group left, the Netherlands are playing as well as any side in the tournament.
With the way the Dutch side has performed, it should come as no surprise that Van Gaal wants to bring some of that nation’s star players to United with him, and it appears that talks of that nature has started to get under way. Arjen Robben has been one of the stars of the World Cup thus far, scoring three goals already for his team. He was also one of the first players Van Gaal acquired when he took over as head of Bayern Munich, and reports indicate that Manchester United may be preparing a massive bid to bring him over from the German club.
The other Netherlands star on clubs radar is Wesley Sneijder, currently plying his trade in the midfield for Galatasaray in Turkey. Earlier this week Sneijder admitted that while he is happy with his current club situation, it would be difficult to turn down an offer from Van Gaal.
If United are able to sign both Dutch stars, they would find themselves united with their national side teammate Robin van Persie, allowing the Old Trafford club to field the three top players from one of the best-looking teams in the World Cup under the manager that has made them look so special.
Obviously nothing is set in stone, and United may not end up with either player when all is said and done. Still, the play of he Dutch going forward may just be worth keeping an eye on for Man U fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the club’s future.