Louis van Gaal made some questionable decisions during his two seasons at Manchester United.
The Dutchman’s reign at the club was underwhelming to say the least, finishing fourth and then fifth- although he did win the FA Cup in his final match in charge.
Van Gaal certainly didn’t help himself with the signings he made during his time. The likes of Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria, Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin all failed to live up to their hefty price-tags at Old Trafford.
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But it seems as though Van Gaal was on the verge of making an even bigger mistake last January. That’s because, according to French newspaper L’Equipe, he offered Arsenal outcast Mathieu Debuchy a five-year contract to join Old Trafford.
That's five years for a 31-year-old that struggles to get anywhere near the first-team at one of your fiercest rivals.
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Debuchy has found himself behind Hector Bellerin in the right-back pecking order at Arsenal and Van Gaal offered him a way out of the Emirates. However, Wenger blocked the move to a rival, something that Debuchy admitted he was ‘disappointed’ with.
Fast forward 10 months and it looks as though Debuchy could be making a first-team appearance for the Gunners soon. He is returning to full fitness and Bellerin has been ruled out for a month.
It means that he will be fighting with Carl Jenkinson for a place in the starting XI - something that Debuchy hasn’t experienced since April 2015.
After the move to United was rejected last January, Debuchy revealed that he was annoyed with Wenger’s decision.
"I was disappointed, obviously. If I had the chance to go to Manchester United it would have been magnificent," he told Canal+.
"Unfortunately it wasn't the case. I discussed it with the coach too, who said that obviously he couldn't help out a rival.
"Yes, I'm a little bit annoyed with him. It's his choice.”
We’re not sure that United fans would have been too excited with the arrival of Debuchy but Van Gaal clearly felt that he would offer something to his United side. But with Antonio Valencia impressing in that position for Jose Mourinho this season, Debuchy would probably be struggling for appearances at the Threatre of Dreams like he is in north London.
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