Dutch boss confirms that he wants the Old Trafford hot seat.
Louis van Gaal has admitted that he hopes to become the new manager of Manchester United.
The 62-year-old is the odds-on favourite to take over from Ryan Giggs, who was installed as interim boss following the sacking of David Moyes last month.
Van Gaal is currently in charge of the Netherlands, but he will be out of contract at the end of this summer’s World Cup.
“I would love the job,” Van Gaal told BBC Sport. “I hope that I shall be the one. It’s the biggest club in the world and it’s a fantastic challenge.”
Several reports have claimed that Van Gaal will be unveiled as United’s new boss next week, but the Dutchman insists that nothing has been decided yet.
He added: “You are thinking I’m the man, but the most important thing is whether Manchester United are thinking that.
“You have to wait and see what the club decides. It’s always a process and you have to wait for the process. The press are always too fast.”
Van Gaal has won a host of first-class honours as a club manager, including the Champions League, five Eredivisie titles, two La Liga crowns and one Bundesliga.
In two spells as Netherlands manager, he has taken charge of 34 games, winning 19, drawing 10 and losing just five.