Former coach Louis Van Gaal criticized Man Utd’s poor transfer that made him unsuccessful.
“When I first came, Man Utd was not qualified to be a champion,” Van Gaal told Voetbal International. “It’s an outdated team with 10 players over 30 and five players over 35. I told the management that I need to rejuvenate the squad and make a list of players to buy. But the result. I don’t get any of those players. I have to accept players in a different segment. I also have to overcome the limits of leadership ability. “
Man Utd doesn’t buy the player I need
The period when Van Gaal led Man Utd, from 2014 to 2016, the team could not buy the top stars. The person in charge of the transfer, Vice President Ed Woodward often becomes the target of ridicule for buying players who are inappropriate, or too expensive for real value.
“Don’t expect to be the top player at the richest club in the world,” Van Gaal continued. “The club has a turnover of more than $ 700 million but cannot buy the players I need. They should have bought the number one goal, instead of number seven. I had to work with the players who were only the number seven-goal, or eight, and with those players, I was judged and concluded about performance. “
The only achievement of Van Gaal in the two years leading Man Utd was the FA Cup 2015-2016 season. Due to his failure to win a Champions League ticket, as well as his plan to build a team strong enough to compete for the Premier League title, he had to make room for Jose Mourinho. He added: “I’m an optimist. If I closed the door with someone, they would have let me down more than once. Every player has a second chance. Despite being disappointed, Man My Utd won the FA Cup. Man Utd is really the biggest achievement of my career “.
In his coaching career, Van Gaal has won four Dutch championships, two La Liga, one Bundesliga, one Champions League and a series of other titles. He also brought the Netherlands to the bronze medal of the 2014 World Cup, where they did not lose a match in the main kick, and lost only to Argentina on the 11m mark in the semi-finals.
Rooney: ‘I learn from Van Gaal more than any coach’
Wayne Rooney says Man Utd management was in a hurry to decide to fire Louis Van Gaal in 2016.
“I was very disappointed when he was fired. For me, working with him was an absolute joy,” Rooney said in a newly published Dutch book about Louis Van Gaal, LvG – The Manager and the Total Person. “Man Utd should have kept him into the third season. We will be much stronger. At that time, I felt that things had improved and the player started to understand his vision. In those two years. I learned from him more than any other coach. That’s why I am forever grateful to him, not only because he gave me the captain’s armband, but also because of his belief in me”.
Man Utd fired him in the summer of 2016 when the team had just won the FA Cup. According to the British press, the reason for this decision is that in the two years under the Dutch coach, Man Utd could not restore the reputation as before, did not win tickets to the Champions League, and also because of the poor playing style. pale.
Rooney added: “Our main squad is strong enough to make it into the top 4 in the Premier League, but once we get injured we get in trouble because the depth of the force is not as good as before.”
After dismissing Van Gaal, Man Utd spent more than two seasons praising a similar critic under Jose Mourinho.