LVG: I was a Liverpool target

The Dutchman was strongly linked with becoming director of football at Anfield??in May 2012, before Brendan Rodgers was appointed as manager.

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Van Gaal was appointed United manager??last summer, and on Sunday takes his current team to Liverpool for a crunch??Premier League match in the context of the pursuit of Champions League??football.

Van Gaal, quoted by several national newspapers, said of the Anfield interest:??”It was flattering, it is always pleasing to be contacted by a leading club,??and Liverpool have a very good record in history.

“But I am the coach of United now, I can only speak about Liverpool as an??opponent. It is not so interesting any more, it is in the past.

“It was the same with Tottenham last week. I have spoken to a lot of clubs but??it is not good for Liverpool, Tottenham or for me to reopen things that are in??the past.”

Van Gaal, 63, said earlier this week that the United challenge would be his??last as a manager.

However that does not mean he is preparing to retire in the near future, with the Dutchamn only one year into his three-year contract at Old Trafford.

“I can confirm this will be my last club but there could be five years to go yet.”