5 Manchester United players who Louis van Gaal should not have sold
When Louis van Gaal took over as manager, many players were put up for sale. Here are five who should not have left the club.
The well-renowned Dutch manager took over the club in 2014 after David Moyes failed to live up to expectations. Under him, the team prospered in his first season but soon fell behind the pack and faltered over the next few until he was sacked.
During his tenure, he was involved as massive changes took place within the club. Players who had been first-team regulars under Sir Alex Ferguson, suddenly found themselves missing out on the starting line-up and even dropped from the matchday squad altogether. This left many players frustrated and some of them were eventually sold.
Since then, many critics have questioned the reasons for selling such a huge number of players in a short time-span. Despite van Gaal's own managerial style and his viewpoint on players' capabilities to perform under him, their skills and overall ability could have brought Manchester United to greater heights in future years as opposed to a decline.
With that in mind then, here are a look at five players which van Gaal made a mistake in selling when he did.
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#5 Jonny Evans
The Northern Ireland international spent a long period of his career playing for Manchester United after emerging from their youth side. Over his years at Old Trafford, he made close to 200 appearances and won three Premier League titles.
Unfortunately after van Gaal's appointment, Evans fell out of favour and was deemed surplus to requirements in his side. Following his move to West Brom in 2015, the centre-back impressed during his first two seasons - but the club's poor form has meant that they are in serious danger of relegation from England's top-flight with only three league fixtures left to battle against the drop.
Sir Alex personally expressed his shock following Evans' sale as he regarded the defender as the best in the country. Currently, he's still one of the best centre-backs across the Premier League but is unlikely to return to Old Trafford as he'd be inclined to explore pastures new instead during the summer transfer window.
United are looking to further strengthen their backline ahead of the new campaign and in hindsight, letting Evans go was a costly mistake by van Gaal.