Louis van Gaal says that he is aiming to build a long-term Manchester United dynasty despite a need for instant success at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils endured their worst season in recent memory last term, as David Moyes’ ill-fated reign saw the club slip from champions to seventh place.
With no Champions League football and the income it brings an immediate return to the top table of European competition is the minimum expectation being placed on LVG, who has already spent around £60m of his rumoured £150m transfer war chest.
Big names including Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and Arturo Vidal are being linked with switches to the Theatre of Dreams on a daily basis, but van Gaal says that he is just as focused on promoting young players and building a bright future as he is getting United back to the top of English game in a swift manner:
“I am not a coach who thinks short term, I am a coach who thinks always in the long term.” He is quoted by The Express.
“The way you see Barcelona still playing with six players from my time because I gave a lot of chances to the youth players.
“The structure and the culture of the club is Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Valdes and Motta – I also gave his debut and he is playing in Paris Saint Germain – not a little club.
“At Bayern Munich it was the same. You can see that in Muller, Alaba, Klose, that kind of player.
“So I am always for the long term not the short term.
“When I buy, I buy players for the long term, not the short term because I do respect the club a lot and also the other clubs.”
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