Louis van Gaal has hit out at claims from Pep Guardiola that his top Bayern Munich players did not want to join Manchester United over the summer.
The Red Devils were linked with a host of stars from the Bavarian side earlier this year, with the likes of Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos – who’s now at Real Madrid – just a few names to have been mentioned.
Guardiola suggested in the week that none of his stars were tempted by United and that the club don’t have the money to convince them to sell anyway.
And now Van Gaal has hit back by claiming that Old Trafford is a major draw and that Guardiola’s utterances were nonsensical:
“It is not so interesting what he [Guardiola] said,” he is quoted by The Mirror. “I think every player that I have contacted wants to play for Manchester United.
“It is unbelievable that, despite not playing in the Champions League, the players are coming and willing to come.
“That is surprising – but it is because of the greatness of this club. They believe in the project we have started now, although I say it again, it needs time.”
Man United spent big over the summer to sign World Cup stars such as Daley Blind and Angel di Maria while snapping up Colombian ace Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco.
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