LOUIS VAN GAAL has claimed that it is easier for clubs such as Leicester to have success in the transfer market than it is for his own Manchester United.
The Dutchman has spent in excess of a staggering £250million since arriving at United in 2014.
Meanwhile, Leicester – who will clinch the title if they can beat the Red Devils at Old Trafford tomorrow – were assembled for about £23m.
In his Friday pre-match press conference van Gaal said: “At a smaller club like Leicester City it is more easy to buy players. It is not so easy to buy players for a club like Manchester United.
“You have to pay much more. You have to pay the agent and then you have the player himself.
“And also the pressure of the transfer of players (at ‘smaller’ clubs) is less big and also the pressure on the players to perform is less big. So it is a big difference.”
Van Gaal did go on to give credit to Leicester and their manager Claudio Ranieri but dismissed the notion his own side – 17 points behind the Foxes – had made little progress this season.
“We are still in the first five,” he said.
“We have played some fantastic matches but we have also played some lousy matches. But I think every club has played lousy matches, also Leicester City. But they have won the lousy matches.”
Does Van Gaal have a point or is it just yet another excuse for United’s poor season?