Louis van Gaal reveals how Manchester United missed out on two Bayern Munich stars
Louis van Gaal’s time as Manchester United manager will forever remembered for ‘horny football’ but now fans may wonder what if, now knowing how the Dutchman missed out on two stars he wanted at Old Trafford.
The former Bayern Munich manager spent two years at United after succeeding David Moyes, winning the FA Cup in 2016.
Van Gaal admits that the club attempted to sign BOTH Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller during his tenure.
Sacked immediately after winning the FA Cup with United, Van Gaal had previously worked with Hummels’ father – Hermann, a long-term youth coach at Die Roten – so it obviously came as a blow that they were unable to make a deal happen.
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United then switched their attention to Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, who ended up with a better deal at Los Blancos, and Hummels returned to Bayern Munich.
Muller became a key member of the Bayern senior team under Van Gaal and he was keen for a reunion with one of Ed Woodward’s ‘fantasy’ signings in 2015.
United were told they had a zero chance of landing the Germany international.
“I wanted to sign Hummels for Manchester United,” Van Gaal told Bild. “But because at that time he was coming out of a poorer season, we didn’t do it in the end.
“I can confirm that I wanted Muller. But there was nothing we could do. FC Bayern made it clear that they would not sell him.”