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Louis van Gaal eyeing shock Premier League return with Southampton as Claude Puel faces axe

Ex-Manchester United boss win the FA Cup in his last match and he fancies a return to England if Claude Puel is axed

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is eyeing up a Premier League return with Southampton.

A number Saints fans are unhappy with what they see as negative and defensive football under manager Claude Puel and Van Gaal thinks he could be the exciting answer, according to The People.

Louis Van Gaal was criticised by Scholes for the style of play he used at United

We’ve missed Van Gaal, we’re not going to lie

Despite winning that FA Cup at the end of his reign, Van Gaal bored most United fans to tears with his famous touch line dive and press conference outbursts more interesting than his brand of football.

The Dutchman can claim the credit for giving England striker Marcus Rashford his big break he did little during his time at Old Trafford to win over many fans in England.

The former Ajax and Barcelona coach has taken a year off since he was axed by United while the champagne was still popping over his Wembley win.

The 65-year-old was back in Manchester this weekend for Michael Carrick’s testimonial and he could mix business with pleasure by speaking to Saints bosses.

Puel’s future has been cast into doubt in recent weeks despite leading Southampton to the League Cup final and an eighth placed Premier League finish this season.

Claude Puel is expected to be axed as Southampton boss despite leading them to the EFL Cup Final

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Puel has apparently underachieved at Southampton this season

Crystal Palace are also after a manager after Sam Allardyce quit and Marco Silva opted for the Watford job instead, so could Eagles chairman Steve Parish make an enquiry for Van Gaal instead?

Sean Dyche, Brendan Rodgers, Chris Coleman and Claudio Ranieri are also on Palace’s radar.