In an interview with Bild (h/t Goal.com), Louis van Gaal has hit out at his Manchester United players during his tenure at the Old Trafford and also revealed his desire to bring Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski to Manchester during his time at the helm.
The former United manager said: “I also wanted to train Lewandowski and wanted to bring him to Manchester United. He’s currently the best striker in the world.
“The price was not a problem for Manchester United, but Bayern did not want to let him go.”
During his time at the club, van Gaal struggled to find a solid out and out number nine that would lead the club to glory. Radamel Falcao was brought on loan hoping to lead the line for the Red Devils, but he struggled to cope with life in England. Anthony Martial did hit the ground running, but was never the target man that would feed off crosses into the box.
Robert Lewandowski’s arrival could have gone on a long way to save van Gaal’s job and also watch United challenge not only the Premier League, but also on the European front. Under the Dutchman, the Manchester outfit struggled to find the back of the net, and the arrival of the Pole could have changed fortunes drastically.
In another article shared by Goal, van Gaal has hit out at the lack of professionalism shown by the United players during his days in England. The Dutchman claims that players would ignore his emails, which in turn led to them underperforming on the field.
“I developed a digital tracker with my IT man,” the 66-year-old said, “Each player was able to log in. So I gave everyone the opportunity to prepare for conversations with me at home and to have a dialogue at eye level.
“That’s true [that players didn’t respond to emails]. This testifies to their lack of professionalism and have them addressed them. But I already did that with the emails at Bayern. My conviction is that a full professional also wants to live professionally. Like Arjen Robben – he read the emails.”
The Dutchman and the club parted ways at the end of his second season in charge after he guided his side to an F.A. Cup victory. The fans were disgruntled with the lack of attacking football and goals and eventually that left the board with no other option but to sack the manager.