London: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said that he had no regrets about not taking the Tottenham Hotspur job after the London club damaged his side's Champions League qualification hopes.
Louis van Gaal
Three goals in six second-half minutes from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela gave Spurs a clinical 3-0 win on Sunday that took them back to within seven points of Premier League leaders Leicester City and left them 12 points clear of fifth-place United.
Van Gaal turned down the chance to take over at Spurs before joining United in 2014, subsequently describing the White Hart Lane post as "the easier job", and when reminded of his comments in the post-match press conference he branded the question pathetic. "I think that in the balance we are still ahead," said Van Gaal, whose team returns to London tomorrow for an FA Cup quarter-final replay against West Ham United.
"And you take one match as something that (means) I have to say the challenge is bigger (at Spurs)? The challenge is always bigger in a bigger club. But I liked also to sign in Tottenham Hotspur and (Tottenham chairman) Daniel Levy knows that. "But the challenge was bigger, for me, in Manchester United and shall always be bigger. I'm sorry for Tottenham, but Manchester United is a bigger club."