Van Gaal ready to pounce as ideal target available.
Manchester United could be ready to make a move for long-term Chelsea target Miranda, who is likely to be made available by Atletico Madrid this January, according to El Confidencial.
The Brazil international is set to leave the Spanish champions after falling out of favour with Diego Simeone this season, despite looking world class for much of last year as he helped the club win La Liga and reach the Champions League final.
Still, injuries have held him back this season, as has the fine form of his replacement Jose Giminez, and the club could now accept reasonable offers for his signature this winter.
United look the favourites to sign Miranda at the moment, though Chelsea have been linked with him several times in the past.