Since last month's sacking of first-year boss David Moyes, Manchester United bosses, players and fans have been mulling over numerous candidates for the available coaching post at Old Trafford. Current Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone and Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola are among the names linked to the defending Barclays Premier League champions and while they'd both sit as viable options, current Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal appears to be the leader in the clubhouse for the Man U coaching post. Van Gaal will lead the Dutch National side into the upcoming World Cup in Brazil and while many expect him to be named the next Red Devils coach, it appears that United won't appoint their next leader until after the current Premier League season.

Player-coach Ryan Giggs has taken over the club on an interim basis but van Gaal -- even with most of his attention put toward success at the upcoming World Cup -- said recently that he does in fact want the gig at Old Trafford. Hoping to become the first non-British or Irish manager to guide Manchester United, the 62-year-old Dutchman -- who holds high-level coaching experience with Barcelona and Bayern Munich -- hopes United higher-ups choose to hire him as their next boss, especially since he wants to be the man to return Manchester United to the top of the English League table following a down 2013-2014 campaign.

“I would love the job,” van Gaal said this week. “I hope that I shall be the one. It's the biggest club in the world and it's a fantastic challenge. The media thinks I'm the man but the most important thing is whether Manchester United are thinking that. There is no deal. There are newspapers saying that I've already signed, there are even names of assistants. Too bad it goes this way. There are several clubs interested in Louis van Gaal, we'll see what I choose to do and what choice that clubs are going to make. It's a process, so it goes with all clubs. And then I can say nothing about that process at this time.”

Manchester United wraps up a disappointing season with a visit to Southampton on Sunday, May 11 while van Gaal and the Dutch National team prepare for their opening World Cup match against Spain on June 13.