Louis van Gaal has defended his transfer record at Manchester United ahead of Sunday’s crucial clash with champions elect Leicester City at Old Trafford.
The former Netherland boss has come in for widespread criticism this seson due his transfer business in the off-season, with pundits and fans alike pointing to the success enjoyed by the Foxes as an example of shrewd transfer business.
However, Van Gaal insists his job is not made any easier by the stature of the Red Devils, claiming Leicester’s success campaign can be attributed to lower expectations on the club’s transfers and players.
“It is not so easy to buy players for a club like Manchester United,” Van Gaal said in his pre-match press conference.
“You have to pay much more. You have to pay the agent and also the bigger clubs have a big say on the transfer so it is not so easy. And then you have the player himself.
“For a club like Leicester City it is much more easy to buy players. Also the pressure of the transfer of players is less big and also the pressure on the players to perform is less big. So it is a big difference.”
He added: “The players we are now playing are not used to being champions. I don’t think [Matteo] Darmian is used to it – [David] De Gea was never a champion.
‘[Wayne] Rooney, [Michael] Carrick have been champions once, maybe more than once. You have to see the situation where the club is. We have seen that we are in a transition period.”