It’s funny what a difference one little decision can make in the fortunes of two top Premier League football clubs.
Ex-Man United manager Louis Van Gaal has now claimed that he was approached by Spurs back in 2014 to take over as manager, but ultimately decided to go for the United job.
Van Gaal lasted only two years in Manchester before being sacked straight after winning the FA Cup in 2016.
He was then replaced by Jose Mourinho, and eventually retired in 2019 after failing to find another job after Manchester United.
On the other hand, Tottenham ended up signing Mauricio Pochettino as their manager, a man who has taken them above and beyond what could have been expected when he first took over.
Spurs have qualified for the Champions League for three straight seasons, finishing in the top three in the Prem on each occasion.
Who knows what could have happened if Van Gaal had signed for Spurs, and United had appointed someone else…?
Van Gaal said (Telegraph): “Tottenham were a better selection because Manchester United were an old team and I knew I would have to transform them.
“Was it the wrong choice? Maybe, but I follow my heart. I worked at the number one team in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and now also in England.”
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