Louis van Gaal has claimed Daniel Levy “knows what he could have had – me” following Manchester United’s 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Man United were torn apart at White Hart Lane as quick-fire goals from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela sealed a convincing victory for Spurs.
The result cut United further adrift in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League while Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs are Leicester City’s closest challengers for the title. Van Gaal came close to joining Spurs before arriving at Old Trafford in 2014 and he insisted that United are the bigger club despite the result on Sunday.
“I would have liked to join Tottenham. Daniel Levy knows what he could have had – me,” van Gaal said.
“But you cannot say Manchester United is not a bigger challenge.”
Football is impossible to predict – look at Leicester’s title charge – and hindsight is 20/20. United’s decision to go for van Gaal over the relatively unproven Pochettino seemed sensible at the time but it is a move which has proven to be the wrong one.
Pochettino’s Spurs’ are organised, exciting and going in a clear direction – they are everything van Gaal’s United side aren’t. Van Gaal will inevitably leave in the summer and United will have to rebuild once again. Hopefully their decision making is better this time around.