Louis van Gaal could be forced to regret snubbing Tottenham if he's sacked at Man Utd

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Manchester United's Louis van Gaal wasn't best pleased that his side slumped to a 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, and even less so when asked if he regretted not taking charge at White Hart Lane.

The Dutchman had the opportunity to manage in north London but turned down the position in favour of the vacancy at Old Trafford in 2014.

Responding to a reporter's question regarding the matter, Van Gaal said: "I liked also to sign for Tottenham Hotspur, and Daniel Levy knows that. But the challenge for me was bigger at Manchester United and shall always be bigger.


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"I'm sorry for Tottenham but Manchester United is a bigger club and I think it is a little bit pathetic that you ask that because they have won 3-0.

"It's easy to ask that. But OK. You enjoy yourself, I think."

Tottenham eventually signed former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino - a decision they'll unlikely regret either.

Hindsight is, of course, a wonderful thing and it comes as no surprise that Van Gaal is sticking to his guns, claiming that United is a bigger club and a bigger challenge.

And he isn't wrong, especially regarding the latter - the Red Devils are currently four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and face an almighty task to pip their local rivals to a Champions League spot. 

Van Gaal will inevitably be envious of Tottenham's success this season, but you can't blame a manager of his pedigree for wanting to manage a more prestigious club.

However, the speculation that could see him sacked as manager if United fail to quality for the Champions League could ultimately force Van Gaal to regret taking on the bigger job rather than the better job.

The Dutchman now has six games remaining to secure his future or else accept that he's wasted two years of management when he might have been better off elsewhere.

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