Michael Owen has classified Louis van Gaal’s first season at Manchester United

Michael Owen has classified Louis van Gaal’s first season at Manchester United as a disappointing one, as he felt that the club lacked the identity that they have always been known for.

After having been experienced to Sir Alex Ferguson for more than 25 years, United are known to play attractive football while they could also be defensive when the situation needed to be. Under Van Gaal, fans got to see very little attacking football and it was only during the last few matches of the season that things really improved. Owen played at United for a few years under Ferguson.

He says that Van Gaal should be concentrating at keeping in line with United’s tradition from next season. The Dutchman will have a good quality of players at his disposal if United’s transfer window goes according to plan. It is reported that the club will be spending another massive amount of money – in addition to the £ 150 million of net spend last summer – in order to improve the squad. Even though the football was not the most eye pleasing, Van Gaal will be happy that he achieved his primary objective – securing Champions League football for the club.

United can build on from this campaign and can potentially challenge for the title next season."I thought it was a disappointing season for Manchester United. They were knocked out of the cup competition with ease and a little embarrassment if we look at the MK Dons defeat in the Capital One Cup.They didn't have Champions League football to distract them, yet they sneaked into fourth place after spending so much money last summer. They were not comparable to the Man United teams we have come to expect under Sir Alex Ferguson,” said Owen. United averaged just 1.6 goals per game last season.