Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen who had criticised Louis van Gaal’s playing philosophy in the past believes the 64-year-old Dutchman has made some managerial mistakes at Old Trafford.

Owen, who was speaking as a pundit on Tuesday night during coverage of United’s Champions League exit at the Volkswagen Arena after losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg, claims Van Gaal has sold players who can make the difference now and believes the former Bayern Munich boss is under a huge pressure.

Owen said on BT Sport: “They’re playing poorly week-in, week-out. It’s not just now, it’s 18 months of below par performances.

“I think Louis van Gaal is under severe pressure. They’ve been given a good FA Cup draw and they’re in Europa League so he’s got two lifelines there but there’s got to be huge, huge questions now.

“They probably will [spend millions more in the transfer window] but whether they can rely on Louis van Gaal spending them wisely is the big question.

“I don’t look at it and just think of tonight, I think of it as the 18 months Van Gaal has been in charge £250million plus he has spent.

“I feel with all the money that has been invested – it’s a worse squad than it was.

“We were looking at the players Van Gaal has let go in his reign during the 18 months and I’m sure they would beat tonight’s team.

“We had Rafael, [Nemanja] Vidic, [Jonny] Evans and [Patrice] Evra as a back four. Nani, [Shinji] Kagawa, [Tom] Cleverley, [Robin] van Persie and Chicharito [Javier Hernandez]. [Adnan] Januzaj is another one. [Danny] Welbeck is another one.

“We thought only two outfield players from tonight’s team – Chris Smalling and Michael Carrick would get into the 11 that he’s actually let go.

“Apart from that the players he has let go are probably better than what we’ve seen tonight and that’s after all that investment.”

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