Stan Collymore slams Manchester United’s transfer policy

by Ben Topliss

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has criticised Manchester United’s transfer policy, saying that the club throw “money around willy nilly.”

Louis van Gaal has spent upwards of £250m since he arrived at Old Trafford in 2014, bringing in the likes of Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw for big-money fees.

But Man United, currently fifth place in the Premier League, are relying on Swansea City to beat Manchester City this weekend if they are to stand any chance of finishing in the top four of the Premier League. Collymore criticised the transfer policy of both Manchester teams ahead of the final day of the season.

“What does it say about our league that the two Manchester sides, having spent anywhere between £500m and £1.5bn on players, are in a battle for fourth next Sunday?” Collymore wrote in his Boylesports column.

“It says that recruitment these days in Manchester is based on throwing money around willy nilly rather than having a cohesive and structured recruitment policy.

“It also tells me that as the Champions [Leicester City] prepare for Sunday with that double-digit lead over both clubs, those ‘big’ signings aren’t as good as the fees paid for them suggest.”

Van Gaal’s signings have largely disappointed since he took over, with Memphis Depay and Radamel Falcao particularly abject.

Only Daley Blind and Anthony Martial have really made a game-changing impact since they arrived at Old Trafford and for that, van Gaal has to take the blame.

United’s squad is horribly imbalanced and it is not good enough for a club of their resources. Amid speculation over van Gaal’s long-term position, there doesn’t appear to be any strategy in place to strengthen the squad, which is worrying ahead of what is a crucial transfer window.

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