Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal: I would have liked to have taken over Tottenham Hotspur

10 Apr

Louis van Gaal has explained why he opted to take charge of Manchester United in the summer of 2014, despite Tottenham wanting to bring him to the Premier League.

The Dutch boss moved to Old Trafford at the end of the World Cup, leaving the Netherlands national team for the Red Devils.

He was Daniel Levy’s first choice to take over at White Hart Lane at the same time, but following his decision to move North, the Spurs chairman brought in Mauricio Pochettino.

Few in North London will be regretting that decision at this moment in time, but Van Gaal believes he made the right move by rejecting Tottenham.

When asked if he regrets the decision to link up with United, Van Gaal replied: “In the balance, we are still ahead. The challenge is always bigger in a bigger club [like Manchester United].”

There are no indications as to how close the 64-year-old actually came to linking up with Spurs, but he has revealed that he did want to move to White Hart Lane, before the ‘challenge’ of the Red Devils presented itself.

“I like also to sign for Tottenham Hotspur,” he added. “Daniel Levy knows that. But the challenge was bigger at Manchester United and shall always be bigger.

“I am sorry for Tottenham but Manchester United will always be the bigger club.”


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