Pierre van Hooijdink slams van Gaal's 'awful' Manchester United team

Pierre van Hooijdonk says Manchester United have been 'awful' under manager Louis van Gaal.

After stumbling to a 1-1 draw against West Ham United on Sunday, Manchester United have come in for stern criticism - especially their manager Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman, who led the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the World Cup, has tried a variety of different formations during his time in charge at Old Trafford; 3-5-2, 4-1-2-1-2 and 4-2-3-1 to name but a few, only for performances to be disappointing regardless of the system.

Amid criticism for a perceived 'long-ball' style, manager van Gaal is coming under scrutiny for the first time during his reign as United boss, with former Red Devils midfielder Paul Scholes criticising the Dutchman earlier this week in the Daily Mirror.

Now, his fellow Dutchman Pierre van Hooijdonk has joined in the criticism of van Gaal, having played under him for the Netherlands national team.

The former Celtic star spoke to Voetbal International today, saying that United have been 'awful' under van Gaal's management, whilst also slamming their scattergun transfer policy in the summer.

"Louis looked like a suitable successor for David Moyes but, at the moment, he is disappointing," he told Voetbal International.

"To steer away from the results, the way they are playing is awful. I can't see the touch of Van Gaal; he is unrecognisable," added van Hooijdonk. "It all started in the summer. You couldn't follow their transfer policy. It looks like United just bought some great names. The result is a team of top players without any unity."

United splashed out £150m on new signings in the summer - according to the Mirror - bringing Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao to the club, but results haven't suggested that it's been money well spent so far.

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