Bryan Robson: Louis van Gaal shouldn’t have trimmed Manchester United squad

by Tanveer Arayan

Bryan Robson believes Louis van Gaal made a mistake in deciding to trim his Manchester United squad in the summer.

Van Gaal deemed a number of players surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, including Robin van Persie, Nani, Javier Hernandez and Jonny Evans.

The decision has backfired over the course of this campaign, with van Gaal forced to throw in a number of youngsters amid an injury crisis at the club. Robson, a Man United legend, insisted that United would have a “more solid squad” if they kept more players.

“I definitely feel the squad could be that little bit stronger,” Robson said.

“Everybody gets injuries and we’ve had our fair share, and we’ve had some real top players injured for a long period of time.

“When you look at people like Hernandez, Darren Fletcher and Jonny Evans you sometimes say, ‘Well, should we have allowed them to go or kept them in the group to have a more solid squad, if this sort of situation happened?’”

Robson’s comments are easy to say in hindsight but letting the likes of Hernandez and van Persie leave seemed to be sensible decisions at the time.

The only one that caused some consternation was Angel di Maria’s exit but it was clear that the Argentine didn’t fancy applying himself in Manchester.

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