The Dutchman has, however, been linked with Bayern Munich talisman Bastian Schweinsteiger and the word out of Munich is that Pep Guardiola would be willing to listen to offers of £10million for the 29-year-old midfielder.
Schweinsteiger, whose name cropped up during David Moyes’s tenure at United, is also interested in a new challenge.
The old regime had concerns about his fitness and value for money, given that he earns £8m a year but Van Gaal worked with the Germany star at Bayern nnd knows him better than most.
Also in Van Gaal’s thinking is the Dutch contingent of Feyenoord right back Daryl Janmaat, centre back Bruno Martins Indi and the versatile Ajax defender Daley Blind.
A deal for Roma’s Kevin Strootman remains on the cards once he proves he is recuperating well from his knee ligament injury.