Van Gaal likens Manchester United situation to Real Madrid

Angry Louis van Gaal

Manchester United spent more than £150 million on new players during the summer.

Louis van Gaal has crushed the rumours of a new £100 million war-chest next summer while adding his club, similarly to Real Madrid, are forced to spend more due to their reputation as a leading team.

The Red Devils looked to bounce back from last season’s disappointing campaign where they missed out on European football by carrying out a squad overhaul during the summer.

A number of renowned players departed the club after many years of service while more than £150 million was splashed out on new recruits, including record signing Angel di Maria from Real Madrid.

After a rather disappointing start, United have bounced back over the last month and look on course to finish in the top four spots, a minimum achievement for this season.

As a result, to close the gap on Chelsea and Manchester City rumours have begun to do the rounds in the press of a new £100 million war-chest next summer and the possibility of more big-name deals.

Boss Van Gaal, however, has reacted angrily to reports as he says the club’s reported willingness to thrash out big sums will have an adverse effect and prompt rival clubs to hike up their asking prices.

It is a problem which Madrid have frequently suffered in recent years, and former Barca coach Van Gaal drew parallels with the La Liga giants as he explained the situation to Sky Sports.

"I don't think money is the question in this. When Manchester United comes, the club are always asking for more money because we are Manchester United. Maybe you recognise that when I'm saying it,” he said.

"Do you think Southampton are paying too much for their players? I don't think so - because it's Southampton. There is always a relationship between Real Madrid and United and teams like Aston Villa and Southampton.

"Do you know how many players we lost? Never have you said that. Never have I read that in the media. We have lost more players."

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