Manchester United approached Spain coach Vicente del Bosque to become their new manager prior to appointing Luis van Gaal according to a Spanish report.
Newspaper AS claims United offered del Bosque the position in April, but that he refused to even listen to their financial proposal, opting instead to remain in his current role as coach of the Spanish national team.
The report claims the 63-year-old was United’s first choice to replace David Moyes, having been recommended to them by Sir Alex Ferguson.
The other names on their wanted list were said to be van Gaal and Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid, with the former ultimately taking the role.
Del Bosque has enjoyed a hugely succesful spell in charge of Spain, and knows United players Juan Mata and David de Gea extremely well. But it appears he is not one to be swayed by money or the interest of some of the biggest clubs in Europe, having reportedly turned down Inter Milan in the past.
It certainly would have been interesting to see how the Spaniard did at United, and if he instilled the Spanish philosophy into the Premier League side. But the club’s fans are unlikely to be too disappointed having seen van Gaal take the job.
Both men are extremely experienced in the game, and they will go head-to-head in this summer’s World Cup when they meet in the group stage.