According to the Daily Mail, Pep Guardiola was irritated with the comments made by the Red Devils boss and he has since responded by saying that his Bayern stars were too expensive and didn’t want to join Manchester United.
But whilst both of the managers continue to bicker, van Gaal has said that he has no interest in what Guardioia says and insists he could sign many other top stars if he chooses to.
“If the player wants to stay, they stay,” said Guardiola. This comment clearly hit a nerve, because van Gaal, a former Bayern manager, said: “It is not so interesting what he said. I think every player I have contacted wants to play for Manchester United.
“It is unbelievable that despite us not playing Champions League, the players are coming and willing to come.
‘That is surprising but it is because of the greatness of this club and they believe in the project we have started now.”
Arjen Robben was linked with United before they signed Angel Di Maria and van Gaal also has close links to current Bayern stars Thomas Muller and Holger Badstuber, after handing them debuts whilst he was at the Allianz Arena.
The United manager’s comments suggest he either did not want to sign any of the Bayern squad or that the players would have gone to Old Trafford if Bayern had agreed.
Asked if Guardiola was correct and that United had tried to buy Bayern players, van Gaal said: “People always think what is said to the media is correct. But it is not.”
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