Louis van Gaal has revealed that getting one over on old club Manchester United would be the only way he could be tempted back into club management.
The Dutchman was in the Old Trafford dugout from 2014 to 2016, winning the FA Cup in his final match but attracting widespread criticism for his negative style of football, Champions League group stage exit and failure to launch any sort of bid to win the Premier League title.
While Van Gaal has tentatively been linked with a return to football ever since, most recently with the vacant position following the sacking of compatriot Ronald Koeman earlier this season.
However, as quoted by De Telegraaf, the former Ajax and Barcelona boss says that his days in club management are probably over – unless an big English club comes calling:
“I will probably not manage a club anymore.
“I would make one exception — if a big English club comes for me, than I would do it. Because then I can get the chance to get one over on Manchester United.’’
Van Gaal has spoken openly of his annoyance at the way in which his departure was handled. Jose Mourinho was being courted for the role months before it had even become available, and just hours after the FA Cup final victory in May 2016 news had leaked that it was to be LVG’s last act as manager.
Despite the historical success achieved throughout his managerial career, however, the chances of any of the remaining top six clubs turning to Van Gaal even if they do find themselves managerless would be remote, such was the rampant criticism directed towards him during his reign at Old Trafford.
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