London: Louis van Gaal’s appointment as Manchester United manager will be made next week.
The club have settled on the 62-year-old Dutchman as the successor to David Moyes but will not make a formal announcement until after the end of the Premier League season.
Ryan Giggs will remain United’s interim manager for their final game, against Southampton on Sunday.
Giggs must then negotiate his own future at the club, which could involve remaining as a player, coach, or both, or leaving to pursue his managerial career elsewhere.
Van Gaal is coach of the Dutch national team, who he will take to the World Cup before officially taking over at Old Trafford.
He is currently overseeing a pre-World Cup training camp in Hoenderloo, from where he is due to give a press conference next Tuesday.
United may seek to time his appointment so that he is confirmed before he speaks to the media then.
Although he will not officially take over until July, and is determined not to allow United to affect his approach to his current job, it is inevitable he will plan the club’s summer transfer strategy with chief executive Ed Woodward.