Date: 22nd March 2015 at 2:04pm
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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he turned down a move to Liverpool three years ago, before the club appointed Brendan Rodgers.

Van Gaal is preparing to take his Manchester United side to Anfield today in a crucial game in the fight for fourth, but has revealed he could have been sat in the opposite dugout had talks in the summer of 2012 proved a success.

“Yes, I spoke to Liverpool but that is not so interesting anymore.

“Last week I was asked the same about Tottenham. I have spoken to a lot of clubs. It’s not so interesting – it’s in the past.

“It’s not good for Liverpool, Tottenham or me to re-open things that are in the past.

“Yes, it was very pleasing. I could have worked every year but I take sabbaticals to please my wife, my kids and my grandchildren.

“But I was always in the circumstances to manage a club – I’m a lucky guy.”