Netherlands strike legend Patrick Kluivert has revealed that he held discussions with Louis van Gaal about the possibility of taking up a coaching position at Manchester United this season, but the new Red Devils boss had already put together the core of his coaching team.
Kluivert worked with Van Gaal as part of the Netherlands management team that delivered a third place finish at the World Cup and he wanted to do the same at United, but the opportunity was not available.
The former Barcelona and Ajax superstar revealed talks with Van Gaal to talkSPORT this morning, sharing: "I talked with Van Gaal and he said he would have loved to have given me the opportunity at Manchester United, but there was somebody already in my position.
"I’m fine with it. I would have loved to come to Manchester United. I hope it can happen in the future, you never know.”
After working closely with the 62-year-old at international level Kluivert also provided an insight into Van Gaal's mindset ahead of his first week as United boss, insisting he will accept nothing less than targeting Premier League glory and a miraculous revival of fortunes at Old Trafford.
Extremely high standards
He revealed: He’s absolutely going for the Premier League title. A club like Manchester United always has to go for the title and that’s what he wants in his first year.
“They also need to get back into the Champions League.
“Van Gaal is a great tactician and he wants to win matches," Kluivert continued. "He likes to play offensive and attractive football as well though. He won’t disappoint the Manchester United fans.”
No room for Patrick
Van Gaal took some to put together a new-look backroom team at Old Trafford, with United living legend Ryan Giggs eventually installed as assistant manager after taking caretaker chrge for the final four Premier League matches last season.
Frans Hoek has worked with Van Gaal almost interrupted over the past two decades and also made the switch from Holland to the North West of England when the World Cup concluded, a trusted assistant who also has a penchant for working closely with goalkeepers.
Marcel Bout is another of Van Gaal's confidants who will work closely with the first-team, but with members of the class of 92 all looking to stay part of the club there was no room for Kluivert, who will now look to continue his coaching career elsewhere using the experience gained by working with Van Gaal.