Louis Van Gaal left Man United less than a year ago and five of the players he signed have followed suit. Bastian Schweinsteiger became the fifth player signed by the Dutch coach to be sold as the German midfielder completed his move to MLS side Chicago Fire after an unsuccessful 18 month at Old Trafford.
And of those remaining only three may be lucky to avoid being axed by Jose Mourinho in the summer.
From the pitch to the transfer dealings, Van Gaal’s time at United was laced with fallacy which acted contrary to the original intention of improving the squad.
Man United scouts had little or nothing to do as most of Van Gaal’s acquisitions were based on agents recommendations and reputations that were already diminishing.
He squandered money on already fading stars like Radamel Falcao and Schweinsteiger, while also signing talented but inconsistent youngsters like Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw, and a world star who failed to shine at United, Angel Di Maria.
Morgan Scheiderlin, Matteo Darmain, Daley Blind, Sergio Romero and Ander Herrera completed the signings made by Van Gaal. Of the aforementioned players, Depay, Falcao, Di Maria, Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin have left.
It was either Van Gaal got it all wrong in the transfer market, probably based on wrong recommendations or his tactics in using the players out of position. Both seems to be the reason.
A clear-cut example was that Di Maria who was sold at a loss a year after his British transfer record at United. The Argentine would have thrived under Jose Mourinho who managed him at Real Madrid than Van Gaal who was busy experimenting him with different positions.
Martial is picking up after some below par performances which earlier pitched him against Mourinho while Herrera and Rojo are presently enjoying the praises of the Portuguese boss.
The clear out is expected to continue in the summer. Matteo Darmain, Luke Shaw and Sergio Romero look set to exit the club.