Van Gaal pointed the finger at former manager David Moyes for the squads problems saying that Sir Alex Ferguson had left Moyes with a team of winners while he getting a “broken” squad awash with attacking midfielders.
“No,” Van Gaal said when asked whether following Ferguson would have been harder.
“I don’t agree. I had to follow Bobby Robson at Barcelona the year after he won three titles and there wasn’t a problem (Van Gaal won the league that year).
“When there is success you have a very good squad, and now I have to follow and the squad was broken I think.
“When you look at the squad, there is quality. There is (Wayne) Rooney, (Robin) van Persie, (Javier) Hernandez, (Danny) Welbeck, but you also see Juan Mata, (Marouane) Fellaini, and you see (Ander) Herrera. There are a lot of players that can play in the same position.
“It is not in balance. It’s more difficult to succeed in a difficult situation than in a fantastic situation.”
LVG is seeing the same problem that many United fans saw last season. That you cannot fit Rooney, van Perise, Mata and Kagawa into the same line-up. At that is before you even get to Herrera, Welbeck or Fellaini.
One of the reasons why LVG is testing a 3-5-2 formation out here in preseason is that it allows him to get more of his attacking players on the pitch. The unanswered question is whether that leaves United too open defensively to compete with the best teams in the Premier League?