Kluivert reveals Van Gaal wanted him at Manchester United

by Dan Cancian

Patrick Kluivert has revealed Louis van Gaal wanted to take him to Manchester United as part of his coaching staff but said he understood why it didn’t happen.

Van Gaal appointed Ryan Giggs as his assistant manager and brought in fellow Dutchman Albert Stuivenberg to be his fellow assistant, meaning there was no room for Kluivert to join him.

“I talked with Van Gaal and he said he would have loved to have given me the opportunity at Manchester United, but there was somebody already in my position,” Kluivert told talkSPORT.

“I’m fine with it. I would have loved to come to Manchester United. I hope it can happen in the future, you never know.”

Kluivert also spoke about the expectations Van Gaal would place on himself and firmly believed winning the title was going to be his goal in the Premier League, something which Van Gaal alluded to in his press conference in understated fashion.

Speaking at his first press conference, Van Gaal said: “I worked for Barcelona, in my opinion the number one in Spain, at Ajax we were number in the Netherlands and at Bayern, number one in Germany.

“Now I am in Manchester – the number one in England. I hope I shall fulfil expectation. It will be difficult.”

Few fans expect Van Gaal to win the league in his first year but given the measure of the man, you certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see United still in the running in April next year.

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