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Sam Wallace: Manchester United lack a long-term vision

by Ben Topliss

Telegraph reporter Sam Wallace believes Manchester United lack a long-term vision as Louis van Gaal continues to come under intense scrutiny at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal joined Man United last summer but recent results have been disastrous and the club has appeared to have gone backwards under the Dutchman.

United lost 2-1 against Norwich City last time out and are without a win in their last six games in all competitions. Wallace insisted United “need a plan” if they are to succeed in the future.

“It creates uncertainty at clubs when there doesn’t seem to be a plan – and I’m afraid at United, there doesn’t seem to be a plan,” he said.

“The plan was to give van Gaal three years after the disastrous season under David Moyes. What you’re looking at under Manchester City is a long-term vision, into which they’ve tried to fit [Pep] Guardiola on a couple of occasions.

“The problem with United is there doesn’t seem to be a vision beyond ‘can we not be what we were like under Sir Alex Ferguson?’ There will be no second Alex Ferguson, and you’d have to restage the 20th century if you wanted another Ferguson. It’s not going to happen – he’s a product of his time.

“Other clubs are showing there’s much more sophisticated ways to recruitment and the academy – it’s all stuff that is following in City’s slipstream. It says to me that there’s just not a vision and not a plan for the future. I think United are stumbling around at the moment. They need a plan and they need to stick with it, and the one at the moment isn’t working.”

Louis van Gaal

It’s hard to disagree with Wallace as United haven’t really had a clearly defined plan in terms of transfer policy or playing style since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Van Gaal was supposed to bring stability to Manchester but he has not delivered. However, he is not solely to blame, and the club must accept that they have failed in the transfer market for a number of years now. The pursuit of Pedro this summer, for example, was a mess and one that shouldn’t have panned out the way it did.

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