Manchester United - Van Gaal Had Been Chosen As Fergie's Successor
UK time is: 17:58:35
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Van Gaal Had Been Chosen As Fergie's Successor

Apparently, current Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal almost became Manchester United manager, even though I must admit I never heard of this particular possibility - the papers were full of Eriksson stories at the time but not a mention of the controversial Dutchman.

"It was before the World Cup of 2002. I was in contact with Manchester United through Peter Kenyon.

"It was said to me that Alex Ferguson was going to retire.

"The moment he`d go, I`d succeed him. But in the end Ferguson didn`t want to quit!``

These words are written in Van Gaal's autobiography and it certainly would have been interesting had he indeed joined us. He's famous for creating one of the best teams of all time, the Ajax side which reached two consecutive Champions League finals with the sort of football that is usually confined to Pro Evo.

However, he's also famous for turning Barcelona into a wreck full of underperforming Dutchmen - although no one can deny that that had also been entertaining. Surely we all remember United's two 3-3 draws with Van Gaal's Barcelona?

He's not a very popular figure in Catalunya (or indeed anywhere) as he's egotistical, stubborn and difficult to work with. I'm very curious about how he would have fared at United but I prefer the way things panned out, with another European Cup for Fergie.

Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 11 2009

Time: 11:43AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
"he's egotistical, stubborn and difficult to work with" Perfect replacement for bacon face then.
Report Abuse
11/10/2009 11:49:00

Its a shame that you aren't getting him as he is having all sorts of trouble controlling Bayern Munichs big name players, so much that most of them have been sitting on the bench so far this season.
Report Abuse
11/10/2009 12:59:00

Think i'd rather have Jose than him.
One United 92
Report Abuse
11/10/2009 13:51:00

Nice to see the the biggest United fans post #1 and #2 on this story.
Report Abuse
11/10/2009 20:06:00

Well we must have been closest to Manchester NRD - Were you and the rest of the glory hunters stuck in traffic or something?
Report Abuse
11/10/2009 21:48:00

Web traffic yeah
Report Abuse
11/10/2009 22:52:00

I was personally really surprised reading this earlier today...and I personally don't know if it would have worked out or not....but it certainley would have been a big you think after sir alex retires that they (the owners) will got someone to become the scape goat to help in the transition to a new real manager...i.e what happened at chelsea after jose left...i.e. grant taking over only to be let go for winning nothing...
Report Abuse
12/10/2009 01:34:00

Grey smoke over o** t******* then. Hopefully VG will sue over this slur on his character!
Report Abuse
14/10/2009 10:08:00

Most of his greatest successes were before Bosman and the mass exodus of Ajax players that followed. Though, I do give him a lot of credit for his success at Alkmaar. I have no reason to think that he wouldn't have done well at United, but I don't think anyone could replace Ferguson - then or now.
Report Abuse
14/10/2009 16:08:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

Arsenal 3 Manchester United 0 (Sunday October 4 2015)

Arsenal v United - Team-Sheets (Sunday October 4 2015)

Celtic Admit Interest in Wilson (Sunday October 4 2015)

Valdes Bound for Spanish Return? (Sunday October 4 2015)

United Interested in Dutch Defender (Sunday October 4 2015)

Arsenal v United - Stat Attack (Saturday October 3 2015)

Arsenal v United - Early Team-News (Saturday October 3 2015)

Blindfolded? (Saturday October 3 2015)

Van Gaal Praises Smalling`s Development (Saturday October 3 2015)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Man City 8 6 0 2 +12 18
2. Man Utd 7 5 1 1 +7 16
3. Crystal Palace 8 5 0 3 +4 15
4. Leicester City 8 4 3 1 +2 15
5. West Ham 8 4 2 2 +6 14
6. Arsenal 7 4 1 2 +3 13
7. Everton 7 3 3 1 +4 12

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Arsenal 3 Manchester United 0
» Man Utd : 04/10/2015 17:46:00
Martinez: Blues performance deserved the points
» Everton : 04/10/2015 17:05:00
» Everton : 04/10/2015 16:00:01
» Chelsea : 04/10/2015 15:09:00
Confirmed Line-Up vs Man Utd - Cech Returns
» Arsenal : 04/10/2015 15:05:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Wolfsburg (h)?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 6%
Valencia 0%
Smalling 7%
Blind 1%
Darmian 0%
Schneiderlin 1%
Schweinsteiger 8%
Mata 64%
Rooeny 1%
Depay 2%
Martial 8%
Young 1%
Pereira 0%
Jones 1%