Manchester United's wage bill is lower under Louis van Gaal

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Manchester United's wage bill is lower under new boss Louis van Gaal despite spending as much as £150 million on new talent in the last transfer window, reports the Daily Star.

The Red Devils chief landed as many as six new players this past summer, as the likes of Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind and Co. joined the club. 

Huge transfer 

In fact, Manchester United broke their club record transfer for the second time in 2014 after they purchased Argentine superstar Angel di Maria for almost £60 million. 

Despite the incomings at the club, the Red Devils also let a number of players depart as the experienced trio of Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand all went their separate ways. 

Legend Ryan Giggs, who is now the club's assistant manager, retired from the game, whilst squad players Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa and Alex Buttner all left Old Trafford behind in search of new challenges. 

Manchester United's new regime also let a number of players leave on the short term, as the likes of Javier Hernandez, Nani and Tom Cleverley all departed on loan deals. 

As well as bringing players in, United clearly let a number of stars depart, which has ultimately lowered their wage bill for this campaign. 

Struggles under Van Gaal 

On the pitch, however, despite the change in manager, things haven't really improved as results have been similar to last season. Under Van Gaal, United have proved far too inconsistent as they've struggled to put wins together. 

In fact, after just 11 Premier League fixtures, Manchester United are already as many as 13 points behind league leaders Chelsea. Next up for Van Gaal and Co., is a trip to north London to take on rivals Arsenal. 

The Red Devils can overtake Arsenal in the league table if they secure all three points against Arsene Wenger's side on Saturday evening. Manchester United are enduring quite the crisis on the injury front, but Louis van Gaal will be hoping that a number of his key players make themselves available for selection. 

The likes of Michael Carrick, Luke Shaw, Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Co. are doubts for the clash, but it remains to be seen as to whether they will prove their fitness in time for the showdown. 

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