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What do you guys think of van Gaal's transfer policy?

Just read an article where he's talking about Ronaldo and it made me think that whilst every team in the world would like to take him do you not wonder about the ages of players?

Obviously he's brought in some young talent in Shaw and players like Di Maria and Herrera who have their best years ahead of them but overall, from the looks of it van Gaal is just building a team to do well for a few years then probably move on with a successful period on his CV?

If you take a look at his history:

Ajax - 6 years
Barca - 3 years
Netherlands - 2 years
Barca - 1 year
AZ - 4 years
Netherlands 2 years

Anyway, congrats on what seems to be the start of a decent season for you now.
He's always said that age doesn't matter as long as the player can perform according to the philosophy. That being said, he's also promoted youth even tho he's been here for a few months.
Also take into consideration that he's always left a very strong basis in every club he's managed. He produced some of the world's finest talents in those clubs, so I don't think his plans have ever been short term, and it's not going to change especially now that he has declared this job to be his last. He's going to retire after his time here.
With the exception of Falcao all our signings this summer were between 19-26 with the bulk being 24.

That's not a short term transfer policy... All these players have got a good 5 years at the top of their game at a minimum Falcao excluded.

United are not in a position to be buying up a load of inexperienced and unproven 18 year olds anyway, not going to get the club anywhere fast doing that, we needed proper talent to come into the side and lift the club and that's what we've done... Simples.

As for Ronaldo, he is the best player in the world and is absolutely adored by the club, you couldn't find a negative spin on a "potential" move back here no matter how hard you try mate lol...

Even if he is pushing 30 he is a supreme athlete, Ronaldo wont regress until he is 34/35 mark my words, like Falcao he is simply of such a high quality he would be totally worth signing even if you're only looking at 3 or 4 top quality seasons.

Ofc we want to continue developing young players and Van Gaal will do that as hes shown throughout his career, your point about him not spending a lot of time at previous clubs is incredibly ignorant and I'm not sure what you're getting at, if you're trying to suggest he only builds for the short term then you couldn't be more wrong, do a bit of research on the foundations he laid at Ajax, Barca and Bayern first.

No offence but this is such an "Arsenal" post, buying up nothing but hopefuls in the market has won Arsenal little to nothing in a decade and isn't taking you anywhere, United wont be adopting such an approach and we will be right to do so.
Rafael wants to stay here forever..

http://www.manutd.com/en/News-And-Features/United-Uncovered/News/2014/Sep/Issue-85/Rafael-exclusive-interview-passion-for-manchester-united.aspx?utm_source=UU20140919&utm_medium=email&utm_content=CI&utm_campaign=newsletters&qsut=www10&pageNo=1


im so glad because he's probably going to be one the world's best right back.. his performance against QPR after returning for the first time was simply brilliant
He always looked the real deal, not the strongest defensively at times but he's still super young and that comes with maturity
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/10648560_10152446725647746_1797651546179756692_o.jpg

Angel Di Maria rides into training on a horse like a knight in shining armour!
glad to see em getting settled. im sure we ll see a lot more like this involving others,especially if we can string together a good winning run.
Di Maria was on De Gea's back as well lol.
Angel has had a very serious gameface on since he arrived lol
Glad to see him joining in
http://screamer.deadspin.com/real-madrid-president-im-stupid-not-crooked-1636781883/+billyhaisley

Asked specifically whether James suits the 4-3-3 shape favoured by coach Carlo Ancelotti as well as [Angel] Di Maria did, Perez appeared to not think the question entirely relevant.

"I do not know how James plays," he said. "But he had a great World Cup and we wanted him here."

Man I'd hate Perez if I was a Real Madrid fan. He's a terrific businessman but it seems like he doesn't give two s**ts about Ancelotti's job.
I like James though, I hope he does well there
Terrific business man?

Just throws huge sums of money at clubs to buy that seasons star perfomers then alienates them the next summer with new purchases.

Illaramendi and Isco aren't getting a look in this year
https://twitter.com/ElMaestrofcb/status/512921296166871040/photo/1

Clubs that used most academy players so far this season. Stole it from Arsenals page.
Nice stats..but cant read Spanish :D
LPool must be down at the bottom...Since they have been spending millions season after season to fight for top-4 finish :P
The background though is s**t.
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The only reason Chelsea is probably there cause of John Terry lol
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so then why isn't liverpool there due to steven gerrard?
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It roughly says "Minutes played by Youth Academy Players from the Big Teams in Europe"

I guess the guy who made this list didn't think Liverpool was a big team lol.
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Ah that explains it, I was guessing some clubs must have been left out. Irony is we are not in Europe. Would be nice to see this chart for top7 in england given all the stick utd got about losing their identity and other bs when they sold danny.
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‘Like with Falcao, when it’s possible to buy a player like Ronaldo, it always gives great options to a team…but I don’t think Real Madrid shall sell him’.
On his bed in Rechts der Isar Matt Busby slowly whispered five words to his assistant Jimmy Murphy:
"Keep the flag flying Jimmy."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3htTTa5v4k


give me tears... one of the best man utd videos ive ever watched....
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http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11667/9478613/premier-league-louis-van-gaal-says-only-wayne-rooney-certain-to-start-at-leicester

so only rooney is a guaranteed starter..so i guess the other 4 are competing for 1 spot, with maybe adnan competing with mata and rooney for cam too.
Don't know how I feel about Rooney being the first name on the sheet as I personally think we have better options both at the #9 position and the #10 one.
That said, I haven't seen a really deadly, confident Rooney in a while now and hopefully this will boost his morale and get him there again!
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to those who said

"rooney is finish when LVG become manutd manager"-before the start of the season

lol at you all
^Who said that? Rivals or Utd fans?
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Utd fans.
Who would seriously think that though? He had 19 goals and 22 assists last year in the worst United season in over 2 decades.

Rooney is absolutely world class, he'll never be "finished" as some people like to think. He's a fighter and can adapt to literally any playing style.
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I'm pretty sure LVG said that he chose Rooney because he knew that he'd be playing pretty much every game...at least that was part of his reasoning.
who has been in the first team as a regular longer than rooney's 10 years?

he was chosen, i think, because he trains well, he is already one of the leaders in the team and is respected for his goals and assists, and since the plan was to play with 2 strikers, rooney was likely to play every match anyways ahead of chicharito and welbeck.
I mean he scored last game and gave assist... I get it that sometimes we would rather see Spanish blood Mata or give a chance for Januzaj at his position, but to be fair. He Always had leadership skills, and not to mention, from all players we can choose from our team and players in the league at all his long shot and long passes are the deadliest thing.

The point is that if your player can cross like Scholes and create chances from nothing or just move the ball on crosing wing position and score a goal is mind blowing.

I think Rooney is a must as number 1 pick in our squad. While I do understand he may struggle at holding of a ball and he is not a dribbler/versatile as Messi and he Does like playing back as many other players we have in a team can do better than that, BUT this is what manager asks him to do. He will always give ball back so that our midfielder can recuperate and thus having a better vision make a better attacking pass.

So like him or not, but he is STILL the most important player on the field. He is a core and we need to build team around him.
Obviously i take due pessisism with the Ronaldo transfer rumours but any talk of him going to any other premier league club is just hilarious, IF he does leave real in the next 2 years 3 at a stretch, United is where it will be end of.
"LVG was asked about press rumors linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a return to Old Trafford. He said: It's always a discussion in the papers and I don't think the media shall buy Ronaldo." lol love this guy's presser


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