The Guardian claims to have it on good authority that Louis van Gaal has been given one-hundred-and-fifty million pounds for transfers this summer. Considering how much was spent last time, the areas in which the team lacks, and the done deal for Depay, it seems not too far-fetched.
With this much money laying around, the media and fans have been suggesting names they feel would help Manchester United to its set targets next season. Gareth Bale, Cavani, Hummels, Gundoghan, Harry Kane, Danny Ings, Pogba, Niagolan, Strootman, Peter Cech, and Hugo Lloris have all been mentioned.
Of course, with this much money laying around tickets for United games should be made cheaper as well, but that’s another battle for another day!
These are all good players and would definitely improve any team and Manchester United definitely needs improving. Money is not an issue, as chief executive Ed Woodward has reiterated time and time again, we can afford these players; comfortably.
What causes me to pause is something that has been mentioned by assistant manager, Ryan Giggs. Why don’t we give our youth a chance? Many would be quick to point out that Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett, to an extent Adan Januzaj, James Wilson, and members of the team that lost 4-0 to MK-Dons have all been given chances.
However, the phrase ‘Utd Galacticos’ has been mentioned about with increased frequency as people seem to be drawn to the Real Madrid way of spending huge amounts for established talent as they hunt for trophies at the detriment of their academy players.
Surely, having the best talent in every position is a guarantee of success…
Not quite. It has been proven time and again that this approach is nowhere near as fool proof as it seems to be. Real Madrid for example, have spent a billion euros in the last seven years and have just one domestic title.
There is no doubt the team needs improvement but I would be stunned if Manchester United abandoned the philosophy of promoting young talent. Our under 21s team just secured the league title; Warren Joyce, the team manager has been outstanding for us over the years. Surely some of these players deserve chances. I personally would like to see James Wilson start more games instead of a cash splash on another striker; Andreas Pereira, Sean Goss, Ben Pearson, Joh Harrop, Andy Kellet, Joe Rothwell, Tom Thorpe, Saidy Janko, Adan Januzaj, Paddy McNair, Angelo Henriquez, Jesse Lingard also deserve run-ins.
Louis van Gaal is already well known for encouraging youth and the trust he’s shown Paddy McNair this season exemplifies that. Money will be spent, no doubt, but rather than a flood of big names arriving Old Trafford, it’ll be of buying players with a view towards the future. Sure, one or two big names will be bought if it suits the team but faith in youngsters has always paid dividends at Manchester United and I think Louis van Gaal would want to continue that.