Louis van Gaal shares 10 transfers Man Utd missed – including Mane and Neymar

When it comes to Manchester United managers post-Sir Alex Ferguson, Louis van Gaal was arguably the most disappointing.

Appointed to replace David Moyes, the Dutchman came with a reputation of building teams to compete at the top of the European game.

But uninspiring performances and reports of dressing room unrest, meant van Gaal lasted just two seasons before being replaced by Jose Mourinho.

During his time at Old Trafford, he spent more than £150million, bringing in the likes of Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera.

However, he has since revealed, that had he got his own way, there could have been a further flurry of world class stars brought to Manchester.

In total, he listed 10 players that Ed Woodward failed to sign, including Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Ramos and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar.

"I wanted Robert Lewandowski but when this proved difficult I tried to get Gonzalo Higuain instead,” he told FourFourTwo.

"Before I had arrived, I also spoke with the board about Neymar. If you are at United, you have to think big.

"He was also interesting for the club in terms of selling shirts, and I wanted to have quick wingers. For that reason, I also tried to get Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez.

"Thomas Muller was on my wish list, too, and in central midfield I wanted N'Golo Kante.

"I even tried to sign James Milner, who was already quite old but very multi-functional and possessed leadership skills.

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  • "For the defence, I wanted Sergio Ramos and Mats Hummels, because ours wasn’t the strongest in building from the back.

    "Those were my top targets, but we couldn’t get any of them. I don’t know why, because as the manager I wasn’t involved in any negotiations.

    "After I left, players like Mahrez and Kante ended up at Manchester City and Chelsea, while United couldn’t get them. I found that very odd."

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