Following in the footsteps of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson as the manager of Manchester United is a tall order. His replacement, David Moyes, lasted one season before being replaced by Louis van Gaal.
Moyes’ United squad fell well short of expectations. Van Gaal said he isn’t feeling any pressure to succeed because he has felt it at a host of other large clubs he has managed.
“It was not an instant ‘yes’ because I had other offers also. So I had to think about it,” Van Gaal said, via Sky Sports.
“But I chose ‘yes’ because of the big challenge. I have been at Ajax – the biggest club in the Netherlands – I went to Barcelona – the biggest club in Spain – and then I go to Bayern Munich, also the number one in Germany.
“So when Manchester United came I thought I had to say ‘yes’.”
As for trying to emulate Sir Alex Ferguson, he says: “I had to follow Bobby Robson at Barcelona and that year he won three titles. And I had to succeed him.
“I highly respect Sir Alex because there is not another trainer or manager who has won so many titles.
“I have won a lot of titles but he has won so many with one club and that is fantastic. So when you compare Sir Alex with me I am very proud.”