Manchester United need a miracle to win the league according to their boss. Could this be it?
Given that Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool all looked well-equipped to challenge for the title, the Dutchman’s comments are no surprise. And yet the ‘miracle’ to which van Gaal refers may not be as unlikely as first thought.
After all, if United manage to pull off three oft-touted deals in what remains of this summer’s transfer window, the league trophy could well be heading back to Old Trafford come May.
United are said to be in advanced talks to sign Real Madrid player Angel Di Maria, while Juventus star Arturo Vidal and Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia have regularly been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months.
With Di Maria set to cost at least £60million, Vidal’s asking price reportedly in the region of £45million and Benatia available for around £30million, that would add up to at least £135million – on top of the outlay that saw Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo arrive at the club.
And yet if United want to be challenging both domestically and – ultimately – in Europe – they have to spend big. In fact ‘big’ may not cut it.
Now they have to spend huge amounts to bring in the players who can turn them into champions once more.
The three players above would all considerably strengthen van Gaal’s starting XI and turn them from also-rans into valid title contenders.
But it would take a miracle to get them all, given that deadline-day is fast approaching, their clubs know United are desperate and, certainly in the cases of Vidal and Benatia, their current sides want them to stay.