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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 canceled by the Scot.

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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 season - its lowest in the competition's history.

Van Gaal says he was scheduled to meet the 72-year-old during the club's preseason tour in the United States but has yet to speak to him since the meeting was canceled.

"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 but he called off and I have also been very busy with a lot of things."

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