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Louis van Gaal: How I tried to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski

Louis van Gaal has revealed how close he was to bringing Robert Lewandowski to Old Trafford when he was Manchester United boss.

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Dutchman van Gaal’s tenure at United is widely derided – having only won the FA Cup in his two seasons at the Red Devils.

The former Barcelona chief added Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind, Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Anthony Martial in a £250million cash splash.

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But that list could have been added to by Poland superstar Lewandowski.

Lewandowski has netted 141 goals for Bayern Munich since joining from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer in 2014.

And van Gaal has revealed he and United were happy to splash big on the front man but Bayern weren’t keen to sell.

"He is currently the best striker in the world. I also wanted to train Lewandowski and wanted to bring him to Manchester United," van Gaal told Bild.

"The price was not a problem for Manchester United, but Bayern did not want to let him go."

Van Gaal has also claimed many of his United players were not "professional" during his time at the side.

The Dutchman would send around emails to them to alert them to their progress, but van Gaal insists they didn’t even open the messages.

 

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