Zenden admits Van Gaal would be an excellent appointment as he operates in a similar manner to Sir Alex Ferguson.
"Van Gaal is quite a character," Zenden told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast.
"I'm sure if he comes to England that the press will love him. He's very straightforward and he's one of the managers that's worked at the highest level with the biggest players.
"It doesn't surprise me that he's one of the candidates because at Man Utd, they love to work with players from the youth academy and with the biggest players on the planet.
"He's one of the managers who can deal with the bigger players. When he thinks he's right, that's what he will do. He comes close to Sir Alex Ferguson in terms of the way he works."
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