Louis Van Gaal has drawn the wrath of Manchester United fans, as their coach made two very astonishing statements ahead of the Red Devils clash with Leicester City.
The Dutchman argued that much of his squad was not used to being champions, with the Foxes being on the verge of Premier League glory.
He said: “The players who are now playing, they are not used to being champions,” Van Gaal said according to Goal.
“I don’t think Matteo Darmian is used to being a champion and David de Gea was never champion. Memphis Depay was a champion last year and Rooney, Carrick, they have been the champions once, or maybe more than once.”
For the record: De Gea won the Premier League title in 2013, while Rooney and Carrick have lifted the title trophy on five occasions during their careers.
Van Gaal went on to point out the age imbalance of the squad he inherited when he joined the club in 2014 and insisted a period of transition was inevitable.
The Dutchman also said it is harder for him to buy quality players for Manchester United than it is for Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City.
The 64-year-old has experience of winning a league title with a smaller team, as he did in the Dutch Eridivisie with AZ Alkmaar in 2009, while spending more than £100 million in his two seasons at Old Trafford without being able to win the Premier League.
“As a club of AZ or a smaller club like Leicester, it is more easy to buy players. It’s not so easy to buy players for a club like Manchester United,” Van Gaal told reporters via Goal.
“You have to pay much more, you have to pay also the agents, and then you have the player himself.”
Leicester City will be crowned champions of they beat the Red Devils on Sunday, something nearly everyone hopes. However, United are still battling Manchester City and Arsenal for the fourth Champions League place, meaning they can’t let the Foxes walk over them.
The fans at Old Trafford will possibly be very rocky, as Twitter nearly exploded when Van Gaal made his latest statements about the club and his squad:
van gaal reminds me of expired ham
— Richard Chesler (@derthmertl) 30 april 2016
— Stretford Enders (@Lee8Harrison) 30 april 2016
— Ken O. Seur (@kenethagawd) 30 april 2016
Van Gaal must fuck off out of the club that cunt.. Does that son of a bitch even realize how big the club is?!!
— United Mate (@Giggsaholic) 30 april 2016
@ManUtd how many days left for van gaal?
— Modou Lamin Jr (@LaminMod) 30 april 2016
Van Gaal’s comments yesterday just show he’s given up and wants to piss off as many people as possible
— Andrew (@acrutd) 30 april 2016
Why didn’t journalists challenge Van Gaal’s bizarre claim? https://t.co/tuZdGCxRjX
— Soccer Zone (@soccerzone) 30 april 2016
Finally got round to reading idiot Van Gaal’s latest statement o’bullshit. Just shows how little he knows about the players & club. Clown.
— Aidy (@A1dy74) 30 april 2016
@MUFC_linkup Van Gaal should be sacked just for his deluded press conferences. He has clearly lost it now.
— Give it to Giggsy (@Scholesy_Giggsy) 30 april 2016
Manchester United: Louis van Gaal claims squad with 13 title winners ‘are not used to being champions’ what’s Dutch for dickhead?!? #mufc
— Kev. (@kstandkev) 30 april 2016