Ex-Manchester United winger Coppell: Van Gaal needs greater control of transfers

Former Manchester United winger Steve Coppell has defended Louis van Gaal over the club’s transfer policy.

Coppell thinks recruitment could be partly responsible and the 60-year-old former Crystal Palace and Reading boss questioned whether Van Gaal has been in sole control of decisions on new signings.

“The football has been dull, to be honest,” said Coppell.

“The results have been sketchy at best and there is no consistency.

“When Louis van Gaal came in he was talking an awful lot about the philosophy, but as yet I don’t think anyone has been able to distinguish the philosophy.

“The style of play at United has always been with wingers, this is a contrast. It’s a mantra of possession at all costs, which doesn’t seem to have a purpose.

“Forever as a manager you always complain about not having the resources. At Manchester United you have the resources.

“You have to question how the team has been laid out and you have to question to some extent the recruitment over the past couple of years.”

“Has the manager, be it Louis van Gaal or David Moyes, been in charge of the recruitment? Are there influences from elsewhere.

“I personally think United have recruited well for the future, but that doesn’t help them at the moment.”

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