Van Gaal: Ferguson and I haven't spoken

The Dutch coach knows the former Red Devils boss from his time on Fifa’s elite coaching panel but has yet to speak face-to-face to him since taking over at Old Trafford in July

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he is yet to meet with Sir Alex Ferguson since arriving at the club, with their first planned get together cancelled by the Scot.

Ferguson spent a trophy-laden 27 years in charge at Old Trafford and ended his coaching career to become a director and club ambassador at the club. His successor, David Moyes, lasted just 10 months in the job as United finished seventh in the Premier League last term – their lowest in the competition’s history.

Van Gaal says he was scheduled to meet the 72-year-old during their pre-season tour in the United States but has yet to speak to him since the meeting was cancelled.

“No, until this moment I have not found the time to [meet with Ferguson], but I do not know if he is at home,” Van Gaal told reporters.

“It was in the planning that I would see him in the US [during pre-season tour] but he called off and I have also been very busy with a lot of things.”

Manchester United begin the new season with a home fixture against Swansea City on Saturday.

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