Eamon Dunphy: "It will cost £1b to rebuild Man Utd"

Van Gaal under fire after Champions League exit
Van Gaal under fire after Champions League exit

Manchester United are devoid of world class talent will need to spend £1b to rebuild their squad after their Champions League exit, according to Eamon Dunphy.

United went out of Europe's elite competition after a 3-2 defeat against Wolfsburg, with fans calling for manager Louis van Gaal to be replaced sooner rather than later in the aftermath of their defeat.

Dunphy has been a vocal critic of United manager Louis van Gaal in recent weeks and now he has suggested the Old Trafford club need to consider a complete rebuild of the squad that has cost around £200m to assemble over the last couple of years.

"I’d say this is the worst squad of players that United have had since the bad old days, since they were relegated,” Dunphy told RTE Sport.

“They would need the guts of £1 billion, they have no quality at all. Martial for example cost £35m -  £50m with add-ons - and he’s going to take time to develop into a player.

“Memphis looks a dud, they paid £24m for him, (Marcos) Rojo wasn’t fit last night but he’s a dud.

“They spent £300 million during Louis van Gaal’s tenure as manager, they’ve got about £150m back but this week he was asking for more money." 

Dunphy also suggested Van Gaal's claim that United have moved forward under his guidance is misplaced, as he offered this stinging critique of the Dutchman.

“They’re much worse this season than they were last season and it’s not just the failure, it’s the manner of it,” he said.

“Last night they went out without a game plan at all. He could have decided to keep it tight and let Martial and Depay attack the two elderly Brazilian centre-backs and pinch a win, but he had no game plan.

“Ashley Young was sitting on the bench and he played a 22-year-old Uruguayan who had never played at this level before.

“Only for De Gea it could have been much worse last night and that’s the story every week in the Premier League as well. They have a great goalkeeper, but they don’t have any other players of real quality.

“They just look disorganised, the players look demoralised and there are solid facts coming out of the United camp about some of his methods in training.

“It isn’t just replacing Van Gaal; they have no players. The foundation of Manchester United or any football club is players and it’s rotten – they don’t have any good players.”