Manchester United chief Ed Woodward hopes to name Louis van Gaal as manager next week. The London Evening Standard says Woodward urgently needs a manager to help tie up transfer business before attention turns to Brazil.

Van Gaal anticipates being appointed Manchester United manager by the start of next week, leaving him just a few days to establish transfer market priorities before he begins preparations for the World Cup with the Dutch national team.

United are under pressure to tie up transfer targets before the World Cup and Van Gaal would face a hectic few days assessing potential signings such as Southampton's Luke Shaw, Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho and Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos. United are already second in the race for €40m (£32m) Carvalho, with his agent, Jorge Mendes, under pressure from Real Madrid to place him there.

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