Was LVG’s Man United summer actually a failure?

Angel Di Maria has been excellent since his move to Manchester United, and with three goals and six assists in his 10 league appearances he’s quickly becoming the best of the bunch at Old Trafford. However that hasn’t stopped the rumours that LVG is willing to let him depart to PSG to fuel a move for preferred signing Marco Reusof Dortmund. Di Maria cost United just short of £60m – a British transfer record whereas Reus has a release clause of £20m. There’s profit to be made, which may be needed should The Red Devils fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.

Angel isn’t the only of LVG’s summer transfers who is rumoured to be leaving. Ander Herrera was another pricey signing for Van Gaal costing £29m. Yet the Spaniard has made just five appearances so far for The Red Devils. He has managed to score twice in his limited chances, but at almost £30m he’s a very expensive substitute, especially when there is not enough defenders to go around.

The signing of Radamel Falcao was perhaps the most bizarre from LVG. With Rooney, RVP & Welbeck in the squad LVG ditched the young ‘Welbz’ and brought in Falcao for a season-long loan for a fee of £6m and a weekly wage of £350,000, as reported by The Mirror. A very expensive player who had only recently returned from a long spell out with a knee injury. The gamble hasn’t worked thus far with the Colombian international, who has made the same amount of appearances as Herrera but scored a goal less. Of course after initially signing on a one-year loan, he was always expected to return to Monaco at the end of the season. But United do have an option to sign the 28-year-old for a fee of £43m – unlikely to happen if his current struggles continue, that’s for sure.

So that’s three of Man United’s most recent summer signings who may all possibly be straight out at the next opportunity. Is it safe to say that Louis Van Gaal got his first transfer window with The Red Devils wrong? For a start he’s doing worse than David Moyes, not great ay?! Angel Di Maria has been a revalation but when you spend a British transfer record that’s the least you expect. his stats are impressive, but seemingly not worth £60m to Van Gaal on second thought.

Man United are a team in transition since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. David Moyes took the brunt of the abuse and now Van Gaal has an easier ride. Therefore there’s increasingly less attention from the media on the Dutchman’s shortcomings. He’s doing well enough by Moyes’ standards, but like Moyes he’s miles off Sir Alex’s performances. There’s no doubting that every manager makes mistakes in relation to transfers, but it’s not a great start by Van Gaal. A very expensive window and a not so successful one so far. There is one positive though, at least he appears to be a manger who is willing to accept that he has made mistakes.

Whether there’s any truth in the various rumours only time will tell, but at least he didn’t spend £27m on Marouane Fellaini. Every cloud.

 


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