Louis van Gaal, the newly-appointed manager of Manchester United, has revealed an envious side to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who congratulated the 62-year-old Dutchman after he was confirmed as the Red Devils’ new permanent head coach on Monday.
Van Gaal, who will step down from his current role as the national team coach of the Netherlands after this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, also told reporters that Mourinho was the first manager he sent a text after receiving positive news about his appointment.
“Mourinho congratulated me,” Van Gaal is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “He was the first one I texted and he was the first one to text me back.”
The Dutchman continued: “He said he was jealous of my list of clubs.”
Indeed, there have been many reports over the past 12 months claiming Mourinho was desperate to land the Manchester United job last summer, when officials at Old Trafford - including his old adversary and friend, Sir Alex - opted for David Moyes to replace the legendary Ferguson.
Mourinho, with his unparalleled CV, was the obvious contender at the time - but Ferguson, and others at the club, believed Moyes would stay at the club and build for the future. The former Everton boss lasted 10 months before being unceremoniously sacked last month.
Van Gaal also revealed Manchester United approached him to replace Moyes, quashing any rumours suggesting otherwise.
He added: “I didn't call Manchester United, I didn't call Bayern Munich, they've always called me. And I'm proud of that.”