Louis van Gaal is kidding himself if he thinks Manchester United have improved since last season and offering the Dutchman a contract extension is “premature”, according to Gordon McQueen.
United were eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage after suffering a 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg in Germany on Tuesday night.
The loss came just days after sources distanced the club from a move to Pep Guardiola, and suggested Van Gaal could be offered the chance to stay beyond the summer of 2017.
“Giving Van Gaal a new deal would be premature to say the least,” said former United defender McQueen, who played over 200 games for the Red Devils between 1978 and 1985.
“There has to be a big improvement in results and a more positive style of play before they should consider that and I don’t see any improvement coming soon.”
Despite being knocked out of the Champions League at the first hurdle, Van Gaal insisted after the defeat to Wolfsburg that United are a better side than they were last year.
But McQueen thinks Van Gaal’s side is no better than the one put together by David Moyes, who was sacked after just nine months in charge at Old Trafford.
McQueen added: “He talks about improvement on last season as a ‘fact’, but that’s simply not true. He’s spent £250m since arriving and the team is no better than it was under his predecessor David Moyes. He’s kidding himself if he thinks it is.
“The team got booed off at Old Trafford last Saturday and that’s not the first time this season. The 75,000 who pay their money to watch them each week don’t agree with him, either.
“Angel Di Maria was bought from Real Madrid and sold to Paris St-Germain less than a year later for a £20m loss. Who is responsible for that? It was just brushed under the carpet, but that’s fans’ money going down the drain.