Red Devils tried to lure Vicente del Bosque to Old Trafford…
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Before appointing Dutchman Louis van Gaal to the Manchester United hot seat, the Old Trafford hierarchy approached legendary Spaniard Vicente del Bosque about the vacant job, reports Spanish publication AS.
Just before the end of last season, United sacked David Moyes after less than 12 months in charge, after the Scot had let a Premier League title winning side transform into seventh placed mediocrity.
He was relieved of his duties, and United instead offered the job to van Gaal, who accepted, and will take over after he leads Holland at this summer’s World Cup.
However, the report claims that del Bosque, and not van Gaal, was United’s first-choice, and would have been given the job had he not spurned the Red Devils’ advances.
Instead, the 63-year-old rejected the chance to dramatically increase his wages, and signed a two year extension with Spain that will see him take charge of his country at Euro 2016 – if all goes to plan.
It’s no surprise that United were interested in del Bosque, who has won of the great managerial CVs. He’s won two La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues with Real Madrid, and both the World Cup and the European Championships with Spain.