The Mail on Sunday says Dutch World Cup star Blind is his first priority.
The 24-year-old Ajax player showed in Brazil, where he helped Van Gaal’s Holland reach the semi-final, that he is infinitely better at adapting to different positions than Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, Phil Jones or Chris Smalling.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will be politely asked to secure the signature of Blind in the face of growing interest from Barcelona.
He can play left-back, wing-back or holding midfield. His father Danny was one of Van Gaal’s assistants in Brazil.
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