Louis Van Gaal has yet to win his first match with the Red Devils, but that hasn’t stopped the Dutch Wolfdog spending big money on top talent. When he spoke to media after losing to Southampton in his first competitive match, Van Gaal claimed his players had not played well as a team, and that ultimately he was responsible. He needs to buy more players. With that being said, after securing Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria for a record £59.7 million (as reported by the Daily Mail), Manchester United’s total spend to date is in the region of £170 million.

Refreshing the squad may be the key to Premier League success this season, as United attempt to make a comeback in the prestigious top four, after ranking at a miserable seventh place last season under former manager David Moyes. Under Van Gaal, Ander Herrera for £28.8 million, Luke Shaw for £27 million and Marcos Rojo for £16 million have all been brought in…

Di Maria is simply brilliant, he was one of Madrid’s top stars but with the arrival of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, he will now quench his thirst for first-team football with the 13-time Premier League champions. Van Gaal has handed him the ‘Number 7’ shirt made famous by former United legends Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Portuguese sensation Cristiano Ronaldo.

In today’s ultra-competitive world of football, big money can be a guarantee for success. Look at Manchester City who have now secured two Premiership titles in the last three seasons thanks largely in-part, to their mega-rich Abu Dhabi owners. With a marquee signing like Di Maria, Van Gaal may have found his ‘Arjen Robben’. The Argentine sensation has some big shoes to fill, and if he comes even close to matching the success of former Number 7s, than United may not be too far from title number 14!