Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that he used his own money to sign former Nigerian winger Finidi George to Ajax.
Man United coach, Van Gaal says he bought Nigerian forward with his own money at Ajax
Finidi joined Ajax in 1993 and Van Gaal has recently revealed that he bought the winger from his own money
Finidi joined Ajax in 1993 and Van Gaal has recently revealed that he bought the winger from his own money and named him in his success story at Ajax.
Van Gaal revealed this while responding to Paul Scholes' comments that his tactics at Manchester United are too negative.
Former United midfielder Scholes has been critical of the negative tactics of Van Gaal suggesting the coach ‘has a problem with creative players’.
But Van Gaal has defended himself, reminding Scholes that he has won everything in football playing attacking football.
“We won everything with very attacking football. I don't say it too much because otherwise Mr Scholes will be very angry!” Van Gaal said.
“We didn't have any money and we were bankrupt, so I had to look to youth,” he said of his days at Ajax.
“We scouted [Jari] Litmanen, a Finnish player, who we bought for £10,000.
“We also bought Finidi George. He was a Nigerian international. He was £3,000. I paid it by myself! And then, we bought .”
Finidi is now a director of international football at his former club Real Betis.
Watch George Finidi's top 10 goals for Ajax, below:
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