Van Gaal can duck the question all he wants, but the Man United faithful won’t stop asking until they know for sure if they have a chance at landing Neymar.
With the recent rumors that Man United have been pursuing Barcelona superstar Neymar, Louis van Gaal has made it a point to keep his mouth shut to all questions regarding a possible transfer.
Following Man United’s 0-0 draw against Newcastle United in which the Red Devils made just one shot on goal, talkSPORT reported that Van Gaal refused to address the topic of Neymar as reporters hounded him about the club’s lack of firepower.
“I don’t enter into this discussion,” Van Gaal said. “You can ask about all the players in the world and you are doing it in every press conference and in everyone I have to say the same.
“I have to protect the interest of Manchester United. I have to protect the players in my selection. I have to protect the people in my organisation and you can say anything, you can mention any player but I can’t answer these questions.
“I know your problem because the media wants to know but I cannot say anything.”
Arguably the best scoring winger in the world, Barcelona’s 23-year-old Neymar is believed to have a release clause in excess of £100 million. That mark would be more than four times what Man United were reportedly willing to spend on his now-ex-teammate Pedro, who signed with Chelsea this past week.
Last season Neymar recorded a career-high 22 league goals, including 10 goals in the Champions League (tied with Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for most in the tournament). Neymar has recorded double-digit goals in every professional season since 2009 with Santos.