Cape Town - Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed he tried to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich during his stint at the Red Devils.
Van Gaal managed United from 2014 to 2016 after taking over from David Moyes. He was sacked after failing to qualify for the 2016/17 Champions League and replaced by Jose Mourinho.
The Dutch manager failed to get the best out of high-profile signings such as Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, but has claimed he was unable to acquire the frontman he wanted from his former club in Bavaria.
"He is currently the best striker in the world. I also wanted to train Lewandowski and wanted to bring him to Manchester United," van Gaal told Bild.
"The price was not a problem for Manchester United, but Bayern did not want to let him go."
Lewandowski is currently the top scorer in the Bundesliga with 23 goals.
He has been linked with a move away from Munich, with Real Madrid reportedly on the verge of snapping him up.
Meanwhile, van Gaal has not returned to management since the end of his tenure at Old Trafford.