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I wanted Lewandowski at Manchester United – Van Gaal

13:58 GMT 18/03/2018
Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich
The Dutchman wanted to sign the prolific Pole but the Old Trafford side were unable to get a move across the line

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has lamented the fact that he was not able to sign Robert Lewandowski for the Old Trafford side.

The Dutchman led the Red Devils from 2014 until the summer of 2016, at which point he was replaced by Jose Mourinho.

Van Gaal did not enjoy the success expected of him in England, despite lifting the FA Cup in his final match in charge, but he has grumbled that he was not able to land his prime transfer target.

“I also wanted to train Lewandowski and wanted to bring him to Manchester United,” he told Bild. “He’s currently the best striker in the world.

“The price was not a problem for Manchester United, but Bayern did not want to let him go.”

Lewandowski has recently been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena side after changing his agent, with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain said to hold an interest.

The Poland international has scored 100 Bundesliga goals since joining Bayern in 2014 from Borussia Dortmund, while he has 142 in all competitions.

Van Gaal, meanwhile, failed to sign a single centre forward during his two years at United, though he did capture Memphis Depay from PSV and Anthony Martial from Monaco.