Louis van Gaal has revealed he was approached by Liverpool to take up a role with the club in 2012.
The Dutch boss guided his side to a 2-1 win over the Reds at Anfield today to put five points between the two clubs in the race for a top four finish and Champions League qualification this season.
However it could have been very different indeed if Van Gaal had taken up the offer from Liverpool to become their Director of Football in 2012, before Brendan Rodgers was appointed.
He says it was 'flattering' to be approached by a club like Liverpool, but insists he has no regrets over not taking up the offer.
"It was flattering, it is always pleasing to be contacted by a leading club, and Liverpool have a very good record in history," he said.
"But I am the coach of United now, I can only speak about Liverpool as an opponent. It is not so interesting any more, it is in the past. It was the same with Tottenham last week. I have spoken to a lot of clubs but it is not good for Liverpool, Tottenham or for me to reopen things that are in the past."
Van Gaal has been criticised for his brand of football this season, but his team appears to be coming good at just the right time. They've won two key games against Tottenham and Liverpool in consecutive weeks to bolster their hopes of finishing in the top four and will look to continue their winning run against Aston Villa after the international break.
In a wide-ranging interview the the Dutch coach also admitted that Manchester United will be his last managerial job.
I can confirm this will be my last club but there could be five years to go yet," he added.
"I can extend my contract. I've signed for three years because in three years you can build something. When Manchester United ask me to extend, then I shall decide. But this is my last club."
Van Gaal fell out spectacularly during his time as Director of Football at Ajax with Ronald Koeman, and his type of personality doesn't seem as though it would be a good fit for that role.
Although he seems to finally have Manchester United ticking, it's certainly for the best that he left Liverpool well alone.
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