5 worst signings made by Louis van Gaal at Manchester United
As the summer transfer window approaches, Manchester United might be quite busy in the transfer market. After the defeat at Amex Stadium against Brighton, United have to clear out the deadwood from the squad. There are certain players who have failed to live up to the expectations in recent seasons.
When Jose Mourinho arrived at Manchester United, he was left with a lot of deadwood in the squad. Some of those players were incapable or not talented enough to play for a club of United’s stature. During the David Moyes and Louis van Gaal era, the club ended up overpaying for many players and that subsequently hampered the growth of the squad too.
Far too often, the fans were left with unrealistic expectations regarding the new signings. Particularly Louis van Gaal brought in a set of relatively undeserving players to Old Trafford. However, all the players on this list aren’t mediocre as such.
These players turned out to be unsuitable to the philosophies of the manager. Eventually, their dismaying performances hampered the progress of the club too. Hence, here we look at five of the worst signings that the Red Devils under the tutelage of Louis Van Gaal.
#5 Morgan Schneiderlin
Morgan Schneiderlin was signed from Southampton following his string of good performances for the Saints. Van Gaal wanted a midfield enforcer, someone who could break attacks and then start of potential attacking moves with a composed presence on the ball. Hence, the Dutch gaffer persuaded the club to pay a hefty €35 million for the Frenchman. However, unfortunately, Schneiderlin was unable to replicate his previous form in the United shirt.
Schneiderlin played at the centre of the park, but hardly ever provided stability to the backline during his stay on the pitch. His concentration was woeful, as Morgan often allowed attacking moves to go past him. He wasn’t quick on his feet and often slowed down the tempo of the game with his lethargic build-up play. The Frenchman was not prolific going forward and hardly ever contributed in attacking moves.
His inability to read the game properly, the lack of threat that he provided in front of the goal and the increasing competition in the midfield decreased his chances of playing regularly. He left the club in the winter transfer window of the 2016/17 season, ending an 18 month long stay at the club. Morgan managed to make 32 appearances in the league and scored once before leaving for Everton.
His only full season at United was the 2015/16 campaign, in which he made 29 appearances and recorded just one goal contribution. Though, he recorded a passing success rate of 89.5%, the lack of energy and drive in the midfield devoided United of any bite in the midfield.