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With reports Vicente del Bosque turned down Manchester United, what could have been?

Did Manchester United want Vicente del Bosque as boss ahead of Louis van Gaal?

That's the latest rumour to come out of Spain, claims newspaper AS, speculating that the Red Devils made an approach for the former Real Madrid manager.

Del Bosque currently manages Spain, and there should be a little scepticism over the claims. With the World Cup holders set to face Van Gaal's Holland in their group, the story could simply be a ploy to try to agitate the Dutch manager.

Regardless, it certainly adds some more spice to the encounter, as if it needed any after the 2010 World Cup Final.

But what could Del Bosque have brought to United?

As Spain's most successful manager of all time, having the chance to work with him on a regular basis would appeal to a lot players, and Del Bosque would surely have preferred to have some players he knows well performing under him.

One who could have been a reality, is Barcelona maestro Xavi, whose time at Barcelona is counting down.

United had been linked to him earlier in the year, but not credibly, but if Del Bosque was United manager, that would have been a different matter.

United's chances of luring Cesc Fabregas may also have increased, while Del Bosque already knows Mata and De Gea, although not as well as he should have.

The Red Devils are onto a proven winner with Louis van Gaal, supporters just need to stay patient this summer and next season.

Yet it's fascinating to consider what could have been if the Spaniard had accepted the proposal, if it even existed at all.

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