Reports appeared this morning suggesting that United would match Real Madrid’s ‘galactico’ transfer policy of having one elite player for each position in the side. That would mean the club matching last summer’s transfer spend which saw United splurge over £150million on new players.
“I think it’s disgusting always writing about numbers. I don’t think Ed Woodward said anything about it and nor have I,” said van Gaal at his weekly press conference on Friday evening.
“It is disrespectful to my players and I don’t like to talk about it. I have to work with the selection I have and I have respect for that. I believe in players, so that is my answer.”
However, van Gaal added that he fears an increase in transfer fees if the selling club realise Manchester United are going to be in the market for a player in a particular position.
“I don’t think money is the question in this. When Manchester United comes, the club are always asking for more money because we are Manchester United. Maybe you recognise that when I’m saying it.
“Do you think Southampton are paying too much for their players? I don’t think so – because it’s Southampton. There is always a relationship between Real Madrid and United and teams like Aston Villa and Southampton.
“Do you know how many players we lost? Never have you said that. Never have I read that in the media. We have lost more players.”
But while van Gaal is angry at what has been said, the fact that speculation appeared this morning in a number of newspapers suggests there was some kind of briefing from within Old Trafford.
If so, then fingers may well be pointed at executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, despite the fact that van Gaal insists Woodward had nothing to do with it.
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