Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

Van Gaal Had Been Chosen As Fergie's Successor

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.



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

Writer:Zae
Date:Sunday October 11 2009
Time: 11:43AM

Comments

0
"he's egotistical, stubborn and difficult to work with" Perfect replacement for bacon face then.
fifthcolumnblue
11/10/2009 11:49:00
0
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.
Kevinho
11/10/2009 12:59:00
0
Think i'd rather have Jose than him.
One United 92
11/10/2009 13:51:00
0
Nice to see the the biggest United fans post #1 and #2 on this story.
NotoriousRedDevil
11/10/2009 20:06:00
0
Well we must have been closest to Manchester NRD - Were you and the rest of the glory hunters stuck in traffic or something?
Kevinho
11/10/2009 21:48:00
0
Web traffic yeah
NotoriousRedDevil
11/10/2009 22:52:00
0
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 risk......do 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...
ibrahiy
12/10/2009 01:34:00
0
Grey smoke over o** t******* then. Hopefully VG will sue over this slur on his character!
kennyclementstache
14/10/2009 10:08:00
0
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.
Teddy_KGB
14/10/2009 16:08:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Bellew Lets Rip at Haye

Recent Manchester United Articles

United Win EFL Cup Final - Fascinating Facts

Some intriguing facts for you to enjoy!

Red Card Winners - Whose Better With Ten Men

Ever wondered which team tend to have the best response to going down to ten men?

Herrera In Team Of The Tournament (27/2/17)

Manchester United are represented in the latest League Cup Team of the Tournament that was selected ahead of Sunday's show piece Final.

Ibrahimovic In Team Of The Week (27/2/17)

Manchester United are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM in EFL Cup Final?
Suggested By: Red Boy
De Gea7%
Valencia0%
Smalling0%
Bailly0%
Rojo0%
Herrera17%
Pogba2%
Lingard0%
Mata2%
Ibrahimovic65%
Martial7%
Rashford0%
Carrick0%
Felllaini0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 26 20 3 3 63 36
2 Spurs 26 15 8 3 53 32
3 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 26 14 7 5 49 22
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 26 12 8 6 44 15
8 WBA 26 11 7 8 40 4
9 West Ham 26 9 6 11 33 -9
10 Stoke 26 8 8 10 32 -10
11 Burnley 26 9 4 13 31 -9
12 Watford 26 8 7 11 31 -13
13 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
14 AFC Bournemouth 26 7 5 14 26 -15
15 Leicester City 26 6 6 14 24 -17
16 Swansea 26 7 3 16 24 -25
17 Middlesbrough 26 4 10 12 22 -9
18 Crystal Palace 26 6 4 16 22 -13
19 Hull City 26 5 6 15 21 -27
20 Sunderland 26 5 4 17 19 -24
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Mar 4 2017 12:30PM : AFC Bournemouth (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2017 1:30PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2017 12:00PM : Middlesbrough (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 4 2017 8:00PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.ForeverUnited1
2.Arthur Frog1
Vital Football Comment