Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has not by a long shot finished his business in this summer’s transfer market as he still looks to add a cutting edge to the Red Devils attack, but feels the club being able to entice Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford may be out of reach.
Since arriving in Manchester last summer the former Holland national team coach has spent a whopping £235 million on new players, and while he achieved his first season in charge goal of getting United back into the Champions League, the 63-year-old Dutchman has not finished yet.
Even though he concedes it is a lot of money, van Gaal is insistent that he has not yet got the Manchester United team that he wants, a team that will have all his hallmarks placed upon it.
“No, it’s not my Manchester United. Why? Because we have to look for more balance in the team and for more creativity,” van Gaal said in America.
“Chelsea have (Eden) Hazard. He can always make goals, he can always make an action and decide a goal. Manchester City have (Sergio) Aguero, it’s the same type. Barcelona has Messi, Neymar and Suarez.
“We as Manchester United have to compete with these clubs. So we have to look also for that kind of players.
“We can use much more creativity. We look for more creativity. You need creative players. For example, Chelsea have Hazard, Willian and Oscar. There is a lot of creativity there. And you need that because you have to disorganise (teams that park) the bus. Next year there might be more teams who are parking the bus.
“Now we have Wayne, Mata, Depay, Young, Januzaj, Wilson, Herrera. So you can expect from Young, not that he is a Hazard. You have to compare. Young has had a fantastic season but he is not a Neymar and we have to compete with that kind of class.”
And while Old Trafford fan favourite Cristiano Ronaldo ticks all the boxes van Gaal talked about, he concedes that CR7 will not be making a hero’s return to his former club.
“It is not possible,” said the Reds manager.
But would he like him?