Man Utd: The incredible XI they could've had if Louis van Gaal had signed his targets


Manchester United fans are currently very frustrated at the club’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward.

Despite being linked with a whole host of big-name signings - most notably Jadon Sancho - United have failed to make a signing at the time of writing.

With a little more than two weeks remaining until the Premier League gets underway, supporters are starting to get a little worried.

Especially when Premier League rivals Chelsea are splashing the cash.

But Woodward failing to land big signings isn’t anything new.

In fact, according to recent comments from former manager Louis van Gaal, Woodward failed to purchase a host of big names on his transfer wishlist.

Van Gaal told FourFourTwo: “I wanted Robert Lewandowski, but when this proved difficult I tried to get Gonzalo Higuain instead. Before I had arrived, I also spoke with the board about Neymar. If you are at United, you have to think big – he was also interesting for the club in terms of selling shirts, and I wanted to have quick wingers.


“For that reason, I also tried to get Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez. Thomas Muller was on my wish list, too, and in central midfield, I wanted N’Golo Kante. I even tried to sign James Milner, who was already quite old but very multifunctional and possessed leadership skills.

“For the defence, I wanted Sergio Ramos and Mats Hummels, because ours wasn’t the strongest in building from the back. Those were my top targets, but we couldn’t get any of them. I don’t know why, because as the manager I wasn’t involved in any negotiations.

After I left, players like Mahrez and Kanté ended up at Manchester City and Chelsea, while United couldn’t get them. I found that very odd.


Instead, Van Gaal had to make do with the arrivals of Angel di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind.

United finished fourth that season but Van Gaal was sacked a year later after a fifth-placed finish and an FA Cup triumph.

But let’s look at what could have been.

Courtesy of talkSPORT, this is how United *could* have looked during the 2014/15 under Van Gaal if he had got his wish.


We think he’s been playing too much Football Manager.

He definitely would have been expecting to win a few Premier League titles with that XI...

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