Van Gaal to Tottenham: The luckiest managerial escape Daniel Levy and Tottenham fans ever had?

Louis Van Gaal

Was missing out on Louis van Gaal to Manchester United the best thing that could have possibly happened to Tottenham Hotspur?

Tottenham Hotspur's impressive start to the season continued at the weekend, standing resolute against Chelsea on Sunday.

With the game taking place just days after a 5,000 mile round trip for a Europa League fixture, it was just the type of banana skin Spurs would have previously slipped up on.

Mauricio Pochettino's side are a team on the up, not just this season, but they are planning for the future.

It is unclear if the same can be said for Manchester United, who have spent wildly over the last two years.

Louis van Gaal has been determined to bring short term success to the Red Devils, but is no closer to running away with the title than any team in the division, while fans are growing increasingly frustrated with the style of football on offer.

At best it is described as 'not the United way', while more bluntly it could be referred to as 'turgid'.

These are parts of the main reason why Tottenham Hotspur fans should be absolutely delighted Louis van Gaal turned his back on a potential vacancy at the club, once a post at Old Trafford became available.

Speaking the The Guardian in 2014, he admitted he nearly agreed to take over at Spurs.

He said: "I came very close. Very close. As a little boy I was a fan ofTottenham Hotspur with the team of Jimmy Greaves when he was the champion. Jimmy Greaves was my idol. So I was very close."

Missing out may be the luckiest escape Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy ever has.

Van Gaal's contract at United expires at the end of next season, while Mauricio Pochettino is at Spurs for the long haul, and is planning to lead them into their next chapter of their history when their new stadium opens in 2018.

Under Van Gaal, it is highly unlikely youngster Harry Kane would have got his chance. Manchester United fans have been frustrated at prospect James Wilson's lack of football, recently sent on loan to Brighton.

Wilson scored for United in Ryan Giggs brief spell as caretaker manager before Van Gaal took over - since then he has had a bit part role.

It is more likely at Spurs, that Van Gaal would similarly have sought to spend his way to success, and Kane's chances would have been limited.

Players like Dele Alli and Eric Dier may not even have been signed.

There could have been a short term spike in success had Van Gaal come in, and convinced Daniel Levy to spend a sizeable amount, but long term Tottenham should be pleased that the Dutchman elected to take on the challenge at Old Trafford instead.

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