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Louis van Gaal came close to joining PSV Eindhoven in 2012

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Louis van Gaal's career came so close to taking a different path back in 2012. 

The Manchester United manager had just embarked on his second spell as Holland boss, but according to PSV Eindhoven director of football Marcel Brands, he was close to joining the Eredivisie club before taking the national job.

After leaving Bayern Munich, the 64-year-old was out of work for over a year before accepting the Oranje job, and took them to the semi-final of last year's World Cup.

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Brands claims that the manager would have joined the 22-time Dutch champions, but not everyone at PSV was happy with the decision, following his fallout at Ajax. 

During his time as director of football at the Amsterdam club, Van Gaal fell out with Ronald Koeman and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and that had caused concern at PSV.

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However the move never materialised and the former Barcelona manager now finds himself at Old Trafford.

As per FourFourTwo, Brands told Voetbal International: "Van Gaal was interested and I think he would have come, I think he would have been a great manager for PSV, but not everyone inside the club agreed with me.

"There were a lot of mixed feelings about him at the club. Louis had problems when he resigned at Ajax as football director. That was all very sensitive."

PRESSURE IS BUILDING

Since taking over at the Red Devils, Van Gaal has spent over £230 million on new additions, without much reward. 

Having taken United back to the Champions League last season, the pressure is on for him to bring silverware to Old Trafford. 

The 20-time Champions have stuttered so far this season, picking up seven points in their first four games and with a derby against Liverpool approaching, fans will be expecting three points, and anything less could leave Van Gaal's men floundering behind their city rivals.

UNITED FANS, ARE YOU HAPPY LOUIS VAN GAAL NEVER TOOK THE PSV EINDHOVEN JOB? HAVE YOUR SAY BELOW!

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