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Cruyff Charges Van Gaal On New Man United Signings

Cruyff Charges Van Gaal On New Man United Signings

Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff believes Louis van Gaal could face a tough task managing egos at Manchester United.

Van Gaal has added the likes of Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo to his squad following a slow start to the season, which has seen United pick up just two points from three EPL matches.


Asked by The Guardian whether he thought Van Gaal could be a success at Old Trafford, Cruyff said: “We hope so because it would be good for Dutch football and other Dutch managers.

“There should be a logic always but the big problem is to manage all these players,” he said. “Individually they are great but they have to play like a team.

“So then you get another problem. They are all famous. They earn a lot of money both on and off the field. How can you create a team and bring all these egos together?

“The main goal for Manchester United is for them to play well – and not have a player saying, ‘I play well, I scored two goals’. Because if I score two goals but three goals go into our net then we lose.

“They provide [Van Gaal] with a lot of good players but he has to turn them into a team. And you can’t arrange the chemistry of the team in two weeks. It needs time.

“It could be possible that things work. But, once again, can these people develop their own game for the sake of the team? It’s not easy.”

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