Over the past week, Louis van Gaal ironically remarked that Manchester United are a ‘commercial club’ rather than one that prioritises football.
This was when he offered his advice to Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, who has been heavily linked with the United job, urging his compatriot to look for a job elsewhere.
When asked about this during his pre-match press conference before facing Leicester City, Ralf Rangnick made a very good point.
The German said: “Louis himself as an experienced coach signed a contract here some years ago and he could have known that in advance if he had that opinion.
“Football worldwide is a commercialised business that’s for sure.”
The problem here, is, I find it difficult to disagree with Van Gaal. The club prioritises commercial growth over on-pitch success and that is a real worry.
That doesn’t change the fact Van Gaal enjoyed his compensation package after failing to deliver success as United manager.
Hopefully Rangnick can lead by example when he moves into an advisory role at the end of the season.