Former Man Utd boss talks about stars he tried to recruit in his time at Old Trafford.
Louis van Gaal
took over atManchester United
in 2014 to replace
, and the Dutchman managed to bring home the FA Cup in his two-year spell at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal experienced a sloppy run with Man Utd, and his team never lived up to the expectations. Now in an interview withFourFourTwo
, the 69-year-old has talked about his time with the Red devils, discussing failed attempts to bring stars likeLewandowski
to Old Trafford.
"I wanted Robert Lewandowski, but when this proved difficult I tried to get Gonzalo Higuain instead,”
Van Gaal said.
"Before I had arrived, I also spoke with the board about Neymar. If you are at United, you have to think big. He was also interesting for the club in terms of selling shirts, and I wanted to have quick wingers. For that reason, I also tried to get Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez.
"Thomas Muller was on my wish list, too, and in central midfield I wanted N'Golo Kante. I even tried to sign James Milner, who was already quite old but very multi-functional and possessed leadership skills.
"For the defense, I wanted Sergio Ramos and Mats Hummels, because ours wasn’t the strongest in building from the back.
"Those were my top targets, but we couldn’t get any of them. I don’t know why, because as the manager I wasn’t involved in any negotiations. After I left, players like Mahrez and Kante ended up at Manchester City and Chelsea, while United couldn’t get them. I found that very odd."