Louis van Gaal was interviewed for the Belgium job

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Roberto Martinez began his tenure as manager of Belgium this week with a 2-0 defeat to Spain.

The former Everton boss replaced Marc Wilmots in charge after the Red Devils' shock defeat to Wales at Euro 2016 and Martinez's appointment was met with genuine surprise last month.

And he didn't get off to the best of starts by losing to the Spanish, after which, certain sections of his new 'supporters' were heard booing the team's performance.

However, it might have been even worse - depending on your opinion - had the Belgians appointed another one of the candidates in the running.

The current Belgium team have been labelled as the 'golden generation' of their nation and can boast star names including Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois throughout the side.

Therefore, it was no surprise to learn there was a long list of managers interested in becoming Wilmots successor, including a certain Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman was sacked from Manchester United in May despite winning the FA Cup in his final game in charge and according to the Daily Mail, had been in discussions with the Belgian FA regarding their vacancy.

But embarrassingly, the former Netherlands, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach did not pass the preliminary stages.

An unnamed source reportedly revealed to the Mail that Van Gaal was asked to describe his vision for the team but those asking the questions found his response 'draining and exhausting.'

Fans of Man United won't be too shocked to hear the reasoning behind Van Gaal's latest failure. One of the biggest criticisms aimed at the 65-year-old's tactics at Old Trafford was the slow and turgid approach of the team in the final third.

Martinez didn't appear to suffer from the same problem, though, and Belgian officials were said to be particularly impressed with how he dissected the team's performances at Euro 2016 and earmarked key areas of improvement.

But even after just one game in charge, the Spaniard is under pressure to correct their wrongdoings in rapid time if he is to avoid the same fate as Wilmots, starting with an away trip to Cyprus on Tuesday.

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