John Hartson: Man United manager Louis van Gaal is living on reputation

John Hartson slams Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal is living on his reputation and past success at Manchester United, according to John Hartson.

The United manager is facing a fresh wave of criticism after the Red Devils crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage following a 3-2 defeat by Wolfsburg in Germany on Tuesday night.

I do not think that they have gone forward from the David Moyes era

John Hartson

The 20-time English champions managed to win just two games – against CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg at Old Trafford – during the Champions League group stage after losing at PSV Eindhoven and in Germany.

To compound United’s woes, the Red Devils played out a goalless draw with West Ham United at Old Trafford in the Premier League last Saturday to squander the chance to go second in the table.

And former Arsenal striker Hartson is unimpressed with United’s progress under Van Gaal since the Dutchman replaced David Moyes.

“Manchester United fans came on the radio at the beginning of this game and said Louis van Gaal is building, he is putting the foundations down,” Hartson told BBC Radio 5 live.

“I am sorry but I do not agree with that. I think that he is living on his reputation. Whatever he has done in the past at big clubs, he is not doing it at United.

“I do not think that they have gone forward from the David Moyes era. Louis van Gaal has had all that money to spend, and he has failed. They lost their very first game in the group, then failed to beat PSV at home, and only struggled to a win over Wolfsburg at home before tonight.”

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United make the trip to Bournemouth in the Premier League this weekend.

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