"It doesn't matter what formation United play, it's about the quality of the players and at United that quality is sorely lacking at the moment," Redknapp wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. "It sounds simplistic, but how many of the United team who started on Sunday would get into the Man City or Chelsea teams? Maybe Wayne Rooney at a push, but that's about it.
"In a way having a decent pre-season was the worst thing that could have happened to Van Gaal as all it did was raise expectations. The good news for him, though, is that he still has time to bring in some new faces, but who is going to want to come in?
Man Utd return to league action with a clash against Sunderland on Sunday.