Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has claimed Leicester City have had it ‘easy’ this season as the Foxes race to their first ever Premier League title.
The Dutchman faces the ignominy of watching Claudio Ranieri take the Premier League title if the leaders win at Old Trafford on Sunday.
But Van Gaal insisted on Friday that Leicester have enjoyed advantages in player recruitment, fixture congestion and injuries.
“For a club like Leicester City it is much easier to buy players,” Van Gaal said. “Also the pressure of the transfer of players is less big and also the pressure on the players to perform is less big. So it is a big difference.
Leicester’s amazing success after spending just £20m last summer when Van Gaal paid out five times as much doesn’t reflect well on the Dutchman.
It is understood it is unlikely United’s players will do anything to acknowledge the Foxes’ success if they are beaten.
But Van Gaal defended his record in the market, saying: “It is not so easy to buy players for a club like Manchester United.
“You have to pay much more. You have to pay the agent and also the bigger clubs have a big say on the transfer so it is not so easy. And then you have the player himself.
“It is also a fantastic performance of Leicester to beat the top clubs, because they are not used with their squad to win every game and they have had to win every game – and they have done it.”