The new Holland manager Danny Blind has revealed to Dutch media that he was given a 'fantastic offer' to join Louis van Gaal's backroom staff at Manchester United.
The father of United midfielder Daley Blind has just taken over from Guus Hiddink after he resigned from his international duties earlier this week. But Blind has admitted discussions took place about a move to Old Trafford.
Speaking to Algemeen Dagblad, the former Ajaz defender confirmed “I had a fantastic offer from Manchester United.”
“There were talks about United and Van Gaal, a couple of times last year, but I rejected that” the former Ajax defender confirmed. “If you have ambition what is more beautiful than to become manager of your country.”
The new Oranje chief has worked under Louis Van Gaal on two occasions, both as a player and coach. He was assistant manager during Holland’s impressive World Cup in 2014, in which they narrowly missed out on the final losing to Argentina on penalties.
He was also part of the famous Ajax side that won the UEFA Champions League in 1995, a team that also included former shot-stopper Edwin van der Sar.
Instead he will link up with United forward Robin van Persie as Holland look to save their Euro 2016 qualification hopes.
“Do I feel confident about qualifying? We know what we have to do and that’s win four matches” said Blind. “We can't afford to lose any more games. But with our quality we are more than able to do it."