Louis van Gaal has transformed Manchester United

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After another summer of heavy-spending and offloading, Manchester United have a very different look to them these days. 

The squad Louis van Gaal inherited from David Moyes now looks unrecognisable after mass overhauls performed upon taking the job a year ago and again this summer.

Fan favourites and big names have left for pastures new, with many feeling the Dutchman is destroying the years of hard work performed by Sir Alex Ferguson. 


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Here GiveMeSport decides whether or not the Dutchman was right to allow so many players to leave Old Trafford in such a short amount of time. 


Danny Welbeck - Was allowed to leave United for Arsenal despite coming up through the academy. Has yet to truly ignite for the Gunners but did score the winner against his former club in the FA Cup. 

Right decision? Yes. 

Shinji Kagawa - Signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2012 the Japanese never took to English football. He was poor under both Ferguson and Moyes and was allowed to return to his beloved Borussia Dortmund. 

Right decision? Yes. 

Wilfried Zaha - Was Ferguson's final ever signing but not one to be remembered. Made just four appearances before he was sent back to Crystal Palace. 

Right decision? Yes. 

Patrice Evra - Looked likely to be staying when Van Gaal took over and signed a one year extension. A couple of months later he left for Juventus after United had completed the signing of Luke Shaw. 

Right decision? No. 

Alex Buttner - Signed by Ferguson before his last year at the club and helped them win the Premier League title in 2013. However his erratic form saw him allowed to leave for Dynamo Moscow last summer. 

Right decision? Yes. 

Bebe - One of the most bizarre transfers in history. An unknown prospect he was signed for nearly £8million but played just six times for the club. After three loan spells he was sold to Benfica, where he has consequently been shipped out to Spanish club Cordoba. 

Right decision? Yes. 

Federico Macheda - A hero amongst the United fans for his dramatic winner against Aston Villa in 2009 yet was never going to be troubling Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie for a starting berth. Now rebuilding his career at Cardiff. 

Right decision? Yes. 

Tom Lawrence - Was given a club debut by Ryan Giggs during the Welshman's brief stint at the club, but just mere months later signed for Leicester City on a four-year deal. Claudio Ranieri has loaned him to Blackburn Rovers until January. 

Right decision? Yes. 


Ben Amos - Finally left the club having made just one appearance in seven years. Was never going to be in contention even if David De Gea had left. 

Right decision? Yes. 

Tom Cleverley - It will no doubt satisfy Ferguson that his former favourite is finally showing glimpses of his old quality at Everton. Played well under Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa last season yet was never good enough for the Red Devils. 

Right decision? Yes.

Angelo Henriquez - Never given an opportunity to stake his claim for a first team spot. Netted 30 times for Dinamo Zagreb on loan last season and has three goals in five games already this term. Could of been a solution to Van Gaal's striker problem. 

Right decision? No.

Javier Hernandez - Will always have the support of the United fans due to his predatory instincts that saw him fire the club to the league in 2011. The retirement of Ferguson ended any chances of him having a future in Manchester. 

Right decision? No. 

Reece James - A youngster with bags of potential but was never going to trouble Shaw in the left-back position. 

Right decision? Yes.

Saidy Janko - It came as somewhat of a surprise that United allowed him to be sold on a permanent basis with Celtic. Has impressive during his brief stint in the SPL so far. 

Right decision? No. 

Anders Lindegaard - Has always been overshadowed by the brilliance of De Gea. Has finally left despite featuring just 29 times across five years. 

Right decision? Yes. 

Robin van Persie - Bafflingly never quite hit top form under Van Gaal. Relationship with the Dutchman became strained and he left for Fenerbahce despite his unnerving composure in front of goal. 

Right decision? No. 

Rafael - Always a loyal servant to the club, particularly when Ferguson was at the club, but injuries have plagued his career. Matteo Darmian's arrival and Antonio Valencia meant there was no place for him at Old Trafford anymore.

Right decision? Yes. 

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