Call it a default response to this sort of question, or a true sense of integrity, Louis van Gaal appeared to demonstrate his class yet again at Manchester United’s weekly press conference.
Reports swept through the back pages on Thursday and Friday about how the summer outlay of £150m wasn’t a one off and that the heavy spending could become more a regular occurrence as Manchester United go for a new transfer approach akin to that of Real Madrid.
The BBC wrote that:
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been told money is no barrier if he wants to improve his squad.
Meanwhile The Guardian said:
Manchester United are planning another summer transfer splurge after this year’s £150m spend, with Real Madrid being viewed as the model for a strategy to recruit an elite player for every position in Louis van Gaal’s squad.
But when asked how necessary that kind of outlay was to complete with teams such as Manchester City and Chelsea Louis van Gaal responded resoundingly and with no little disdain:
‘I think it is disgusting always writing about numbers.’
‘It’s disrespectful to my players and I don’t like to talk about it’
He has been consistent with this policy since he joined Manchester United and doesn’t want to rock the boat with current momentum as it is – United have 4 straight victories in their wake.
Manchester United made similar noises last summer and, despite initial scepticism from the public, the club followed through with massive investment. It seems as if they are gearing up for another spending spree which will fast track their development over the next 12 months.
We can expect the revolving doors to be swinging for some time yet as up to a dozen players could also leave permanently over the next two windows.
Manchester United fans will simply hope that further investment doesn’t halt the development of a host of exciting youngsters at the club, particularly James Wilson and Adnan Januzaj.