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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.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 11 2009

Time: 11:43AM

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"he's egotistical, stubborn and difficult to work with" Perfect replacement for bacon face then.
fifthcolumnblue
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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.
Kevinho
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11/10/2009 12:59:00

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

Nice to see the the biggest United fans post #1 and #2 on this story.
NotoriousRedDevil
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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?
Kevinho
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11/10/2009 21:48:00

Web traffic yeah
NotoriousRedDevil
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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 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
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12/10/2009 01:34:00

Grey smoke over o** t******* then. Hopefully VG will sue over this slur on his character!
kennyclementstache
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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.
Teddy_KGB
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14/10/2009 16:08:00

 

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