Louis van Gaal has said some pretty baffling things during his time at Manchester United, but the Dutchman may have just outdone himself.
The beleaguered boss has claimed that there is very little between his club and title challengers Tottenham - despite a 12-point difference.
And the Dutchman has identified the only thing that Spurs have that his side don’t - “a senior creative player.”
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We wonder what Juan Mata thinks of those comments.
Earlier this month, Van Gaal’s side were thrashed 3-0 by Mauricio Pochettino’s team as the White Hart Lane club attempt to overhaul Leicester at the top of the Premier League.
On the opening day of the season, United beat the north Londoners 1-0, thanks to an own-goal from Kyle Walker, and Van Gaal believes the two sides are very similar.
"We have beaten Tottenham 1-0 [earlier in the season] and until the 70th minute [this month] I think we were the better team but then there was a miscommunication,” he told reporters, per Sky Sports.
"So, I don't think there is a lot of distance between Tottenham and Manchester United, but the distance is in points. They have won more, they are scoring more and that's because they have more creative players.
"It's always the case. I have said in advance what we need and, in my opinion, I don't have a senior creative player. Everybody knows that,” he added.
After spending more than £250 million in less than two years at Old Trafford, it’s hard to sympathise with Van Gaal.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Angel di Maria, Memphis Depay, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin were all signed by the Dutchman but apparently none of them qualify as a “senior creative player.”
Obviously, Twitter reacted as expected to these confusing comments from Van Gaal.
While there’s ‘only’ 12 points separating the two sides, the difference in play between Spurs and United has been huge.
Tottenham have, arguably, been the most entertaining team in the league this season scoring 64 goals - 24 more than United. They trail Leicester by just five points, following their 4-0 victory over Stoke, with four matches remaining.
On the other hand, United have been accused of being 'dull' this season and have scored less than Bournemouth and just one more than relegation-threatened Sunderland.
Having said that, the club are in the FA Cup semi-final where they face Everton and could still achieve a top-four finish as they trail Arsenal by just four points.
But United and Spurs have been incomparable this term and Van Gaal complaining that he lacks a "creative player" after all the money that he's spent is a little bewildering.
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