Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal made an astonishing claim that he did not sign Pedro or Nicolas Otamendi because he felt they wouldn’t improve his squad, the Daily Express reports.
United are known to be in need of some new attacking reinforcements this summer having already let go of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, but was beaten to the punch on Pedro’s signature, while van Gaal revealed that he was not even interested in Otamendi, who joined cross-city rivals Manchester City.
But a clearly pensive van Gaal went on the attack this week, claiming that it was his decision to pull the plug on the deal to sign Pedro and that Chief Executive Ed Woodward is not to blame for their failure to capture his signature.
“You can see my squad and you can see for every position we now have two players,” he said. “We don’t have to change, but when we can improve we shall do that, but only in our way and not in the way people are suggesting.
“If we had wanted Pedro, it [the deal] was not a problem [to complete] but when Manchester United wants a player he shall come.”