Louis van Gaal has spoken about the size of Manchester United, claiming that, in term’s of global appeal, it is the biggest club in the world.

“We were in the USA and we played against Real Madrid, Liverpool, Roma, Inter Milan and LA Galaxy, five matches in three weeks, 300,000 fans and I think 280,000 of them in a red shirt. I know that Manchester United is the biggest club of the world.”

Bigger than Real? “Yes. In terms of global appeal, not history.

“I made a trip with my wife through the world when I had a sabbatical year and I was in China and Hong Kong and such football madness in those countries! They recognise me everywhere. Unbelievable. And they know Manchester United much more than the manager.”