“Advancing fast” – Fabrizio Romano just confirmed Man Utd now very close to landing Dutchman

Manchester United are pushing to appoint former striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy as a coach at Old Trafford, with Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano confirming talks are ‘advancing fast’.

Van Nistelrooy recently managed PSV Eindhoven back in 2022/23, winning the Dutch Cup with the club that he played for prior to his move to United. He’s been out of a job since last summer after he resigned due to a lack of support from the board, and patiently waiting for his chance, it appeared that the 70-time Netherlands cap would be taking on a head coach role somewhere. But the attraction of a move to Old Trafford has proven to be too strong going forward, with Fabrizio Romano suggesting that a move is ‘advancing fast’.

Reports have claimed that Burnley are looking to appoint Van Nistelrooy as a head coach to replace Vincent Kompany, but it appears returning to Old Trafford could be his preferred move.

Van Nistelrooy Set for Fairytale United Return

The striker left almost two decades ago

The report from Fabrizio Romano suggests that a return for Van Nistelrooy is ‘advancing fast’ – with the striker icon set to make an emotional return to United after leaving the club as a player in 2006 – 18 years ago. The Dutchman had been in talks about leaving for English shores earlier in the summer, though that was for a managerial role at recently-relegated Premier League side Burnley, with their boss Vincent Kompany stunningly departing for Bayern Munich at the turn of June.

Recent reports have suggested that Van Nistelrooy has held two rounds of talks with the Clarets, and that he is their number one choice going forward – though United sprung out of nowhere, with Erik ten Hag offering him the chance to become part of the backroom staff at Old Trafford.

And now Romano, alongside Dutch outlet AD, suggests that Van Nistelrooy is set to join Ten Hag as his assistant manager. Both parties are enthusiastic about the move, and the intention will be that Van Nistelrooy works alongside his fellow countryman in the hot seat at Old Trafford for the long-term – especially with Ten Hag likely to sign a new contract a the Theatre of Dreams.

AD suggests that Van Nistelrooy has already held talks with other clubs such as Club Brugge, and sides in Germany and Spain about becoming a manager – but having ‘waited’ for an offer from Burnley in recent days, Van Nistelrooy will head back to Old Trafford.

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