Sir Alex Ferguson left, the experiment with David Moyes was not as they expected and at Old Trafford, they decided to try with a proven coach. Louis van Gaal managed to reconstruct the Manchester United team, in the end, we cannot call his term successful, but he was remembered for numerous reinforcements such as Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria, An, Memphis Depay … However, one reinforcement Van Gaal failed to catch.
And not just any, but the most expensive - Thomas Muller. Christian Falk, an editor of Bild and one of the most reliable sources when it comes to German football, claims in a book called "Bayern Insider" that Van Gaal called Muller to Manchester twice.
For the first time, Bayern did not want to let him go, but in the summer of 2015 - an agreement was on the horizon. And what kind. Manchester United offered around 100,000,000 euros in compensation! A contract with a salary of 20,000,000 euros per season was ready for Muller.
He couldn't even hope for that much money at Bayern. Only Robert Lewandowski was at that level. However, his wife Lisa said - he can't. "For the first time, Bayern's board was stubborn. But it could have happened in 2015 if his wife had been more open to a transfer abroad."
"That is at least the reason that Thomas told my assistant Marcel Bout. He talked to Thomas all the time, but in the end, he refused the transfer, "Van Gaal admitted.
Since then, Muller has extended his contract with Bayern twice more, won six more Bundesliga, the second Champions League trophy… Lisa was right.
And also she did not have to leave her horse stable in the village where the Muller family lives. Manchester United brought their star of 100,000,000 euros the following year. Paul Pogba. And there is the question of whether he paid off.
Pogba at times looked like he could be the new big star, but the inconsistency and lack of motivation made Pogba never reach his full potential at United. Who knows what would have happened if Thomas Muller had arrived, there might have been a change in some things at United, but most doubt that such a transfer would have brought anything to United.
Still, Muller seems to have made a good move by deciding to stay at the club. Not only was Muller close to United, there was also Toni Kroos who was close to Manchester, but in the end it didn't happen