Van Gaal says Man United didn’t sign the players he wanted

Former Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has criticized the club for refusing to sign any player he requested for in the summer after his move to Old Trafford.

It can be recalled that the Dutchman was appointed in the summer of 2014 as a replacement for David Moyes who was fired before Ryan Giggs took over temporary charge of the club.

The Red Devils signed Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, and Daley Blind on permanent deals and signed Radamel Falcao on loan.

Argentina international Di Maria was the most expensive amongst the new arrivals as he was signed for a whopping £59.7million.


The likes of Sergio Romero, Memphis Depay, Bastia Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Anthony Martial arrived the following year.

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However, looking back at his first summer at the club, in his attempt to rebuild the team, Van Gaal has disclosed that he was not given any player that he demanded.

“ Manchester United did not have the qualities to become champions and had an outdated selection with ten players over 30, five over 35,” Van Gaal said in an interview with Voetbal International, via the Manchester Evening News.


“So I told them I was going to rejuvenate and which players should come. I didn’t get one of those.

“Then you end up in a different segment and as a coach you have to push your boundaries. You don’t expect that at the richest club in the world.

“A turnover of £600million and can’t buy the players you need. You should buy number one and not number seven.