Louis van Gaal, former Manchester United coach, revealed in an interview which ten top stars he tried unsuccessfully to lure them to the English record champions.
“I wanted Robert Lewandowski. When that turned out to be difficult, I tried Gonzalo Higuain instead,” said van Gaal at FourFourTwo and continued: “Before I came, I talked to the people in charge about Neymar. When you’re at United you have to think big. He was interesting for the club because of the jersey sales and I needed fast wingers. That’s why I tried to To get Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez. “
Van Gaal, once also a coach at Bayern, joined United in 2014 and stayed with the Red Devils until 2016. It was to remain the last coaching position of the now 69-year-old Dutchman, who officially announced the end of his career in spring 2019.
Thomas Müller was also on his wish list, van Gaal explained, as was N’Golo Kante. “I even tried to hire James Milner, who was relatively old but was very versatile and had leadership qualities.” Mats Hummels and Sergio Ramos were also on van Gaal’s list, with them he wanted to strengthen his defense center.
“Those were my top transfer goals, but we didn’t get any of them,” said van Gaal. “I don’t know why, as I was never involved in negotiations as a coach. After I left, players like Kante and Mahrez moved to Chelsea or Manchester City, while United again didn’t get them. I thought that was very strange.”