Report: Van Gaal cancelled Manchester United's almost complete Kroos deal

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Was Louis van Gaal wrong to pull out of a deal to bring Toni Kroos to Manchester United?

With Louis van Gaal's record signing at Manchester United, Angel di Maria struggling for form, the Dutchman's transfer business is coming under close scrutiny.

Radamel Falcao is currently considered unworthy of a starting role by the Dutchman, while the sale of Danny Welbeck came back to bite them in the worst possible way in Monday's FA Cup clash as the England striker scored the winner in the tie.

Then there are the superstars he chose not to sign, Toni Kroos and Cesc Fabregas.

A report in The Telegraph has discussed Van Gaal's big decision to do so last summer: "When he was handed a list of potential signings after accepting the United job last May, Van Gaal instructed Woodward to abandon moves for German midfielder Toni Kroos and Cesc Fabregas – Moyes had all but secured the services of Kroos from Bayern Munich prior to his dismissal – as neither player would fit his requirements."

Kroos went onto win the World Cup with Germany, and clinch a move to reigning Champions League winners Real Madrid.

Cesc Fabregas was put up for sale by Barcelona, and it was Chelsea who emerged as surprise winners in the chase for his signature. He currently leads the Premier League in assists, with 15 to his name this season.

And recent comments from Van Gaal suggest he may be regretting his choice. He told SkySports last month his priority in the transfer market this summer is to sign a creative midfielder. 

Passing up the opportunity to sign one of, if not both of Europe's best, is not looking like a smart decision.

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