The Dutch manager claimed the wide man was not on the same level as Barcelona's Neymar. In the cold light of day however, one has to acknowledge that he is spot on.
Few would dispute that Young fought back from an abysmal season under Moyes to become a valued member of the first team last season, working hard for the badge and delivering key contributions when it mattered, but world class he is not.
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His two goal a season average over the last two campaigns will hardly strike fear into the hearts of opposing defenders, and, whilst he is good, Manchester United need great.
Van Gaal rightly looks at teams such as Bayern Munich and Barcelona for comparison as to where Manchester United want to be, and need to be if they are to challenge once again at the very highest level.
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When dropping names such as Robben, Ribery, Messi, Neymar and Suarez, the manager is listing exceptional, inspirational players, not good ones.
Angel Di Maria, was supposed to help bring Manchester United back up a level but, for whatever reason that others will debate at length, appears to be on his way out. If PSG do finally get their man, who then fills the void?
Finding another player in the marquee bracket to replace the potentially departing Di Maria though is a challenge facing more clubs than United alone. Paris Saint-Germain allegedly had a world record bid for Ronaldo rejected recently and were advised of his €1 billion release clause.
In the case of Manchester United in particular, it would appear that Bayern Munich have now shut their doors to any more transfers between the clubs according to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “I can reassure all the fans, we will not be selling another player to Manchester United”
This would mean that the likes of Muller, Lewandowski and Robben, all of whom would add another dimension to United’s attack, are off the menu.
Bale and Benzema, much like Ronaldo, have had a not for sale tag firmly attached and to suggest that Barcelona would let Neymar or Messi go, or that Suarez would find a happy home in Manchester is to wander into the realms of madness.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been mentioned, but these stories seem to be more the media clutching at straws than a display of any real desire from either party to make this move.
I would love to end this piece with a dramatic unveiling as to who I believe is the dead cert big name signing that Manchester United are going to announce any day now, but I am no closer to answering the question.