Former Manchester United goalkeeper and legend Peter Schmeichel has spoken out about manager Louis van Gaal’s spending spree since taking over the club, and he’s urging the Dutchman to lift up more players from the youth ranks.
United have always pride themselves in having an excellent youth academy and lifting up players to the first team along with bringing in big name players. Since Louis van Gaal took over as manager last year, the club has spent over $350 million on transfers and that number can rise even more if they complete a deal for Barcelona’s Pedro.
Schmeichel, 51, said in an interview with the Daily Mirror that the huge shopping spree won’t guarantee success for van Gaal.
“I don’t think spending money is a guarantee for anything,” Schmeichel said. “You cannot buy your way into anything, no-one has ever done that really – you have to build.
“If you asked Van Gaal now – and asked him to be completely honest – if he knew his best 11, he would say no.”
United has had a youth academy graduate in every single match-day squad since 1937, and in the mid 1990s the club had a golden era of players come through the ranks with players like Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers.
“Name me a player that’s come through the academy and that is actually playing at United now and is in the England squad?,” Schmeichel said. “None. Exactly. This is Manchester United we are talking about.”
Adnan Januzaj, who came to United at age 16 scored the lone goal for United as they beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Friday, so that might cheer Schmeichel up a little bit.