Former Manchester United, Chelsea and A.C. Milan star Ray Wilkins becomes the latest ex-United player to blast present Red Devils’ boss Louis Van Gaal. Speaking to Sky Sports, Wilkins, who the Premier League’s younger fans would recognize as a former Chelsea assistant coach, destroyed Van Gaal for sending some fantastic talents away from Old Trafford.
Wilkins said, “Look at Chicharito [Javier Hernandez], scoring for fun now with Leverkusen. Danny Welbeck – who I know is injured at the moment – is at Arsenal. Also [Robin] van Persie”.
United boss Van Gaal allowed Javier Hernandez to leave on a season long loan as soon as he joined the Old Trafford side in the summer of 2014. The player was then permanently sold to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen for a meagre 7m pounds. The Mexican international has scored 17 times in 20 appearances this season, which is four times the goals United’s top scorer, Juan Mata, has scored.
Danny Welbeck was another talented forward that LvG decided to cash in on. The England star was sold to rivals Arsenal for 16m pounds and even though he is yet to play this season, he could have been someone United could have put to use as he did score eight goals last season.
Robin Van Persie is probably the most surprising name in the mix because he was always considered to be a favourite of Van Gaal’s. The Dutch player was sold to Fenerbahce for 3m pounds despite scoring 10 goals in LvG’s first season in England. The forward has scored 6 times for his new club this season.
Another name that Wilkins referred to was United youngster James Wilson. Wilkins said, “He’s let three top-quality footballers leave and they’ve all got goals in them. You’ve got young [James] Wilson too, who is playing (on loan) at Brighton. Why wasn’t he given the opportunity to play?”
With his side in dismal form right now, Louis Van Gaal is surely ruing having sent so many talented stars away from the club as Manchester United continue their miserable run of form.