by Ben Topliss

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes Louis van Gaal’s first season at Manchester United will be considered a failure even if he finishes fourth in the Premier League this season.

Man United brought in the likes of Luke Shaw, Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Ander Herrera for over £150m last summer in order to get back into the Champions League but performances have been far below expectations, although results have been consistently good.

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce mocked United’s playing style following the 1-1 draw between the two sides last month while MK Dons knocked the club out of the League Cup.

Owen said it hasn’t been good enough for United and van Gaal this season and insists fourth place in the league should be deemed a failure for the club.

Speaking about United, Owen said: “They’ve spent £150m and everyone is saying fourth would be a success?

“A lot of people were tipping them to be up there. They’ve been stuffed by MK Dons. They haven’t had a European campaign. They’re playing poorly.

“If they finish fourth, okay, but if success is fourth, I’m not having it. If he [van Gaal] comes second or third, fair enough. But if they finish fourth, it’s not good enough.”

United’s objective at the start of the season was to get back into the Champions League and van Gaal will not care one bit how he does that.

It is true that United spent big in the summer but United were crying out for quality signings after a disappointing season under David Moyes last term. They will need time to settle into the club and will undoubtedly perform for van Gaal in the future.

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