Louis Van Gaal Reveals The Two Man United Moves He Failed With
Louis van Gaal has revealed the two transfers that didn't come to fruition when he was in charge of Manchester United.
The Dutchman spent around £250 million during his time at Old Trafford, with the likes of Angel Di Maria, Morgan Schneiderlin, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial and Ander Herrera among his most high-profile signings.
With the exception of a couple, there weren't many success stories for those who joined under the LVG regime, and there were a fair few transfers that never materialised.
According to van Gaal, he tried to sign both Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller, teammates for both club and country.
Hummels was a top target in 2014 but the former Barcelona and Bayern boss pulled the plug following an underwhelming season that saw Dortmund finish in seventh place.
Muller, who van Gaal worked with during his time in Bavaria, was on his wishlist a year later but he was well aware Bayern would never entertain selling him.
"I wanted to sign Hummels for Manchester United. But because at that time he was coming out of a poorer season, we didn't do it in the end," he told Sport Bild.
"I can confirm that I wanted [Thomas] Muller. But there was nothing we could do. FC Bayern made it clear that they would not sell him."
Since being replaced by Jose Mourinho in 2016, van Gaal has taken a series of shots at the Red Devils' current boss.
In this interview, he spoke about his treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was made to train with the reserves by Mourinho.
"Schweinsteiger was older, of course, but not too old," he added.
"Still, his body was not able to keep up with the high demands of Premier League. Bayern sold him to us as fit player, but, in reality, physically he had reached the end.
"How Mourinho treated him after me, Schweini did not deserve this. But it also explains how things were with Schweinsteiger. It's a shame because he is a player like Luis Enrique, Mark van Bommel or Philipp Lahm, a character always present on the pitch."
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