Former Netherlands international Pierre van Hooijdonk says Manchester United have been ‘awful’ under his Dutch compatriot, Louis Van Gaal.
van Hooijdonk, who made 46 international appearances for his country, also claims that Van Gaal’s impact on the United team is ‘unrecognisable’.
United currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League table, having won several important matches while playing poorly and showing a severe lack of creativity.
Speaking to Voetbal International, van Hooijdonk said:
Louis looked like a suitable successor for David Moyes but, at the moment, he is disappointing.
To steer away from the results, the way they are playing is awful. I can’t see the touch of Van Gaal; he is unrecognisable.
Before making the move to Old Trafford, LVG was one of the most respected managers in the game, having won four Eredivisie titles with Ajax, two La Liga titles while at Barcelona and then the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich.
But ex-Nottingham Forrest and Celtic striker van Hooijdonk believes the strange transfer policy at United is hindering Van Gaal’s ability to create a strong team:
It all started in the summer. You couldn’t follow their transfer policy. It looks like United just bought some great names. The result is a team of top players without any unity.
Even the biggest clowns are laughing about Van Gaal. During my spell at Nottingham Forest I’ve worked with them: Dave Bassett and Ron Atkinson.
In England they’re respected coaches, but I know they are just really bad actors, men that had no idea how to improve a team. These guys and [Sam] Allardyce as well.
Manchester United take on Burnley tonight in the Premier League, with three points enough to catapult Van Gaal’s side back into the top four.