The Dutch defender has been one of the hottest prospects in the transfer market and is being chased by all the top clubs. Barcelona made contact with his entourage and it seemed the 19 year old would follow the footsteps of his Ajax team mate Frenkie de Jong to the Nou Camp.
But United entered the competition pretty late and have offered the young defender a lucrative contract to bring him to England. Signing a centre back is one of the priorities for Ole Gunnars Solskjaer and de Ligt fits the bill perfectly.
But van Gaal feels the player should join the current English champions or the reigning Spanish champions. “I think exactly the same.
“Although De Ligt can go to Barcelona too, because their central defenders are not too good either.
“He could play at Barcelona, but he could play for Manchester City also, and in that case I would choose Pep Guardiola over Lionel Messi.”