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Van Gaal admits he made a mistake by choosing Manchester United over Spurs

Louis Van Gaal admits he made a mistake in choosing to take over at Manchester United instead of Tottenham in 2014.

Van Gaal was named as David Moyes’ successor at Old Trafford that summer, despite being heavily linked with the managerial vacancy at Spurs.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss spent two season’s at United, winning the FA Cup in 2016, before being sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho.

The 67-year-old this week announced his retirement from football, and looking back at his career admits he made a mistake in choosing United over Tottenham.

“Tottenham were a better selection because Manchester United were an old team and I knew I would have to transform them,” Van Gaal told the BBC.

“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.”

“They had seven players over 30. We spoke about that at the job interview. In my first year we qualified for the Champions League. In my second we won the FA Cup.”

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