You won’t find the Manchester United supporting punters in the Transfer Tavern in agreement with Louis van Gaal all too often, though there’s been an ironic cheer following some of the Dutchman’s comments.
Reported by the Metro, van Gaal has conceded that his team require extra quality and pace if they are improve at all on their fortunes this season.
‘We need quick and creative players. I’ve said that, also in the transfer period,’ conceded the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.
‘That’s a tricky remark because I have to manage players whose quality is not always what I want.’
Despite leading the Red Devils to the FA Cup final, the 64-year old has proved to be almost universally unpopular at Old Trafford.
Often criticised for their methodical, slow-burning style of play, he has come under intense scrutiny for some embarrassing defeats and insipid outings.
The quarter of a billion that has been spent on improving the team has looked wasted and the once dominant titans of English football are on the brink of once again missing out on Champions League football.
Jose Mourinho has been strongly linked with taking over at the Theatre of Dreams in what is likely to be a huge summer of activity no matter who is in charge.
Has van Gaal identified the right areas for improvement? Is he the right man to fill them?