Bayern Munich forward Muller has revealed that he considered a move to Old Trafford during Louis van Gaal’s time in charge. The Dutch head coach had tried to sign the German for Manchester United during the summer of 2015, but the move failed to materialise.
Speaking to German outlet Kicker, the World Cup-winning forward admitted that he contemplated a move to the Red Devils where he would have been reunited with former Van Gaal, who offered him his first-team debut.
The Mancunian giants had tabled a then-record fee of £91m for the forward which was confirmed by Bayern chief Jan-Christian Dreesen, but the 27-year-old was convinced to stay put with the Bavarian outfit.
He told Kicker h/t The Express: “There was a point, two years ago, when this was an issue, when I thought about it. But the club immediately supported me and they told me, I belonged here. When Bayern told me they needed me and how I am an important player, I did not have to think that much anymore.”
Van Persie was allowed to leave for Fenerbahce during the same transfer window, and Van Gaal eventually had to make an express buy with Anthony Martial joining as a relatively unknown from AS Monaco.
Martial has amassed 17 goals and 8 goals respectively in his previous two seasons at United, and he remains an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s setup having scored two goals in the opening four league games.