Former Chelsea boss criticises Van Gaal's transfer policy

Angry Louis van Gaal

Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit has been left unimpressed by Louis van Gaal’s transfer policy at Manchester United.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is currently suffering an injury crisis and a defensive dilemma at Old Trafford, a situation brought upon by himself according to former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit.

Gullit, a fellow Dutchman who guided the Blues to an FA Cup triumph in 1997, believes that Van Gaal’s summer transfer policy has caused the club all sorts of problems.

The Red Devils splashed out more than £150 million on new faces this summer, including a record transfer fee for Argentine wizard Angel di Maria.

Despite United now boasting an array of attacking talent which would make even the very best weep, their defence on the other hand is arguably their worst this side of the millennium.

Former Bayern Munich coach Van Gaal simply failed to address the void left by the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra, and he has had to rely on youngsters such as Tyler Blackett to fill in.

Writing his column for Dutch publication De Telegraaf Sport, Gullit was left bemused by United’s spending this summer and chose to aim fire at Van Gaal for ignoring the requirements needed to be a success in the Premier League.

“How on earth is it possible that such an experienced and successful manager thought he could start the season at Man United without buying a couple of really strong central defenders?” he wrote.

“I am still amazed by his buying and his transfers. If you only strengthen the midfield and the attack, then you are underestimating the level and the power of the Premier League.

"If you want to survive in the top flight of English football, you start with the foundation and you build the roof of your house last. Van Gaal has done it the other way round.

“After the departure of Nemanja Vidic to Inter, and Rio Ferdinand to QPR it was obvious that new central defenders were needed. And he had 200 million in his chequebook to spend. If you don’t use part of that to buy strong, experienced central defenders you have the wrong idea about the Premier League.

“Now matters are even worse because of all the injuries in his defence. He is having to fill one gap after another. And if you have so many injuries and you have not bought the defenders, than you are doing something wrong at your club.”

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