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Louis van Gaal: Manchester United are in a transitional period

by Ben Topliss

Louis van Gaal has defended Manchester United’s poor form this season, insisting that his side are still in a transitional period.

Van Gaal has overseen the exit of a number of players since he arrived at the club in 2014, with the likes of Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie, Nani and Rafael all moving on to pastures new.

Meanwhile, Man United have spent upwards of £250m in recent years in order to bring players such as Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay and Luke Shaw to the club.

“You have to see always the situation of where the club is, and we have seen that we are in a transitional period, and when I was mentioned as the coach, it was also about that we discussed,” van Gaal said.

“When I took over we had more than five or six players above 32 or 33, and then you have to select and buy other players, and there were not too many young players any more in the selection.

“So it is a process of transition, and now we are fighting for the qualification for the Champions League and we are still in the FA Cup, so we have to fight for something and we shall do it and hopefully we can beat Leicester.”

Van Gaal has a point but he has had plenty of time to implement his philosophy at United and results and performances have barely improved over the course of the campaign.

United have a young squad but they should be in a much better position considering the amount of money they have spent recently. Van Gaal only has to look at the way Jurgen Klopp has galvanised Liverpool or at United’s opponents on Sunday, Leicester City, who are on the verge of winning the Premier League title despite operating under a comparatively shoestring budget.

It’s hard to imagine much of a future for van Gaal at Old Trafford, particularly with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho waiting in the wings.

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