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Man Utd decided against signing Diego Simeone and instead chose Louis van Gaal as a replacement for David Moyes

MANCHESTER UNITED reportedly decided to appoint Louis van Gaal instead of Diego Simeone in 2014.

Sir Alex Ferguson retired from football in 2013 after a mammoth 27-year stint at Old Trafford.


Man Utd chiefs have decided against trying to bring Simeone to the clubCredit: Reuters

Fellow countryman Moyes took the helm, but it lasted less than a year as he was sacked after a string of poor results.

And Man Utd then opted to go with experienced Dutch manager Van Gaal.

But the history books could have been very different had Man Utd decided to go a different route.

According to The Times, Simeone was seen as a potential successor to Moyes eight years ago.

However, Red Devils bosses felt that with Simeone only two and a half years into his contract with Atletico Madrid it would be difficult to walk away from the Spanish side.

So they ended up picking with Van Gaal and many United fans will wonder in retrospect how much success they could have had with Simeone.

Van Gaal spent just two seasons as Man Utd boss before being sacked in 2016.

Around this time he won the FA Cup – his last act as club manager – but ultimately struggled to improve the team.

He helped them finish fourth in the Premier League in his debut season, meaning they returned to the Champions League.

But a fifth-place finish in his second campaign coincided with his exit from the Champions League group stage.

They then lost to Liverpool in the Europa League Round of 16.

Meanwhile, Simeone had just won the LaLiga title with Atletico in 2014 and finished second in the Champions League.


He then achieved the same feat in Europe two years later, while winning the LaLiga title again last season.

Add to that the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup trophies in 2018 and it becomes clear that Man Utd may have made a huge mistake.

Since 2014, the only major trophies Man Utd have won are the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League – which fell to Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

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