Manchester United will struggle to attract the biggest and best names in European football whilst Louis van Gaal remains in charge.
The Dutchman, who has been criticised by supporters for bringing boring and uninspiring football to Old Trafford, could end up staying at the club despite rumours of Jose Mourinho replacing him this summer.
Yet United should prioritise global superstars over the future of Van Gaal who, two years into his time at the club, has yet to deliver any silverware or success.
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For a while now the common consensus has been that Van Gaal will leave at the end of the season, but fresh reports suggest the Dutchman has now been given assurances over his future.
This will come as a huge blow to United fans, with many angered by the lack of goals and excitement at Old Trafford this campaign.
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Even Mourinho, who was unceremoniously axed by Chelsea despite winning the league title last season, would be an upgrade, the Portuguese also being linked to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
Van Gaal has proved during his two years in English football that he struggles to coax the best from the biggest players in world football.
Whilst he continues to show unwavering faith in Wayne Rooney, the capture of Radamel Falcao in 2014 was particularly disappointing, the Columbian scoring just four times across all competitions last season.
Angel Di Maria arrived for a British transfer record fee of £60 million the same year, yet the Argentine was sold to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain last summer having failed to replicate the same performances shown at the Bernabeu.
That both Di Maria and Falcao struggled speaks volumes, whilst Van Gaal’s old Netherlands captain, Robin van Persie, also failed to hit top form under his compatriot.
United are in need of some big names to take them back to top, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar all being linked with a move to Old Trafford.
However, none of them are likely to arrive whilst Van Gaal remains in charge. Sure, Mourinho and Ronaldo fell out, but the Portuguese enjoyed a fine relationship with Ibrahimovic who is out of contract in the summer.
United must bite the bullet and part ways with the Dutchman when the season ends in May. With Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte joining Manchester City and Chelsea, the club cannot afford to be left behind.
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