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"Winning the FA Cup when the media has a noose around their neck for six months is my greatest achievement."

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The young Tottenham team could have been better suited to van Gaal's management

The young Tottenham team could have been better suited to van Gaal's management

Louis van Gaal said that managing Tottenham Hotspur could have been better suited to him than Manchester United.

The Dutch announced their retirement from football management in March, after a 47-year career as an Ajax player in 1972, before hiring the same club as a manager in 1991.

Van Gaal spent two years at Old Trafford, qualifying for the Champions League in his first season after the club finished seventh in the first season and won the FA Cup in what was to be his last game in management.

Looking back, van Gaal wondered if White Hart Lane could have been a better destination for him in England, given the opportunity to work with young players.

Van Gaal's United won the FA Cup in 2016

Van Gaal's United won the FA Cup in 2016

"Tottenham was a better choice because Manchester United were an old team and I knew I should transform them," van Gaal told BBC Sport.

"Was it the wrong choice? Maybe, but I follow my heart. I worked in the number one team in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and now also in England.

"They had seven players above 30. We talked about it at the job interview, in my first year we qualified for the Champions League, at the second I won the FA Cup".

Van Gaal's mandate at Manchester United came to an infamous conclusion, as he was fired shortly after beating Crystal Palace at Wembley.

Ryan Giggs was the manager of Manchester United before van Gaal took the lead in the summer of 2014

Ryan Giggs was the manager of Manchester United before van Gaal took the lead in the summer of 2014

United lost their Champions League qualification due to goal difference in Manchester City and the support for perceived negative football grew, while Leicester City won an unlikely Premier League title.

Jose Mourinho was named the successor of van Gaal, a story that the media had reported from the previous December and the manner of that appointment still mocks van Gaal.

"I can imagine that Woodward chooses Mourinho," said van Gaal. "He is a great coach, he has won many titles, more than me.

"What I don't like is that Woodward contacts my successor, knowing that in his mind he will replace me and keep his mouth shut for six months.

"Every Friday I had to go to press conferences and ask myself what I thought of the voices: what does he do in the coach's authority?

Van Gaal and Mourinho worked together in Barcelona before facing each other repeatedly through their managerial careers

Van Gaal and Mourinho worked together in Barcelona before facing each other repeatedly through their managerial careers

"Winning the FA Cup when the media has a noose around their neck for six months is my greatest achievement."

Considering that van Gaal's large list of honors includes three Dutch titles and a Champions League with the Ajax, the double in Barcelona and the result of a game of completing the highs with Bayern Munich, he is saying something .

Defeat in the 2010 Champions League final against Mourinho's Inter, which took place that day, and the looming shadow of the Portuguese would have taken over Van Gaal as he bowed.

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