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Louis van Gaal on why he chose Manchester United ahead of Tottenham

Manchester United are still number one for the Dutchman

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed he could have taken the job at Tottenham Hotspur but opted for Old Trafford instead - and it's because he believes United are still the number one club in England.

The Dutchman was strongly linked with a move to White Hart Lane during the second half of last season as it became increasingly likely that Tim Sherwood would not be in charge of Spurs going into this campaign - but the sacking of David Moyes at United meant both clubs were vying for the Dutchman's services.

Van Gaal told the Daily Mirror: “I could have opted for an easier job. If I had gone to Tottenham, the job would not have been as enormous as here at United.

“I could have easily gone to Spurs. But I chose the biggest challenge of all the jobs in football. And I really wanted to join the number one club in the country, not Tottenham.

“Financially, Tottenham was kind of as attractive as Man United. But, in my eyes, Man United is still the number one club in England, Tottenham really is not.”

Van Gaal has said he doesn't regret taking the job at Old Trafford despite the side finishing below Spurs last season in the Premier League combined with the difficult start United have had in the Premier League this season.

So far his side has only picked up the two points from three games at the start of his tenure but the signings of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao have shown the side is still capable of attracting some of Europe's most coveted players.

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