Louis Van Gaal: I wanted to bring Robert Lewandowski to Manchester United

Louis Van Gaal: I wanted to bring Robert Lewandowski to Manchester United

Former Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal claims he tried to bring in Robert Lewandowski to the club during his time at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman was in charge for two years and brought in players such as Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian.

His reign ended poorly when he failed to qualify for the Champions League but did secure the FA Cup before being sacked by United nonetheless.

Van Gaal has echoed his predecessors comments as David Moyes also made fairly wild claims of signing the world’s superstars but failed to do so too.

His comments come at a time when rumours have surfaced of Lewandowski’s inclination to leave Bayern and the Red Devils are reportedly interested.

According to the Mirror, Louis said to Bild: “He [Lewandowski] is currently the best striker in the world. I also wanted to train Lewandowski and wanted to bring him to Manchester United.

“The price was not a problem for Manchester United, but Bayern did not want to let him go.”

The Polish striker would certainly add goals to Jose Mourinho’s side but the question has to be asked on why there’s interest in him.

Romelu Lukaku has proven to be a capable forward, grabbing 25 goals this season across all competitions whilst his positional rival Zlatan Ibrahimovic has failed to fully recover from his injury.

Perhaps the Swede’s imminent departure in the summer is the reason for Mourinho’s reported interest but even then the decision appears questionable.

Both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial would provide Lukaku with adequate cover and are better options as a back-up to him.

It would be harsh on the Belgian to turn him into the club’s second choice striker after his performances so far this season.

Rashford and Martial currently both play as left wingers but at least one of them has a future to lead the club’s line at some point.

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