Van Gaal will start his tenure as United’s manager following Holland’s involvement at the World Cup, though the 62-year-old nearly became the Spurs No1 following discussions with Daniel Levy, the chairman, during the winter.
Van Gaal said: “I came very close. Very close. As a little boy I was a fan of Tottenham Hotspur with the team of Jimmy Greaves when he was the champion. Jimmy Greaves was my idol. So I was very close. I was a fan of Spurs during my childhood. Those fantastic white shirts and Jimmy Greaves.”
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