Van Gaal reveals retirement plans after leaving 'biggest club' United

Louis Van Gaal

The Manchester United boss has said that the Old Trafford job will be his final role.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has managed at some of the top clubs in world football over his career - but the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich supremo has told the Daily Telegraph that the Red Devils are noted as being unique for two reasons.

They are the biggest, and they will be his final club.

As Van Gaal pushes his side towards a top-four finish and the Champions League football it could bring next season, he revealed to the Telegraph that he is looking forward to spending time with his family once he leaves football.

"I am old. This is my last job. For sure," Van Gaal said.

"I have to pay attention to my kids, my grandchildren but also to my wife. They deserve it.

"Now I cannot pay that attention. I was not at the birthday of my grandson for example. I don't like it."

Despite having won titles in three different leagues, Van Gaal, who has a contract until 2017 at United, joked that his wife had already been trying to convince him to walk away from the game as long as five years ago.

He added: "My wife wants to quit now already! Five years ago!

"I have a paradise in Portugal. I want to quit to go there, play golf, eat fantastic food."

For now though the Dutchman, who this weekend will take his side to Anfield for a crunch game with Liverpool on Sunday, is set on bringing the glory days back to Old Trafford, and the 63-year-old is delighted to be at a club he considers to be the biggest in the world.

Van Gaal mentioned the extraordinary turnouts United brought in during their tour of the US in the summer, where they beat some of Europe's top sides.

"We were in the USA (in pre-season) and we played against Real Madrid, Liverpool, Roma, Inter Milan and LA Galaxy, five matches in three weeks," he marvelled. "300,000 fans and I think 280,000 of them in a red shirt. I know that Manchester United is the biggest club in the world.

"Bigger than Real Madrid? Yes. In terms of global appeal, not history."

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