Van Hanegem, who reached the 1974 World Cup final with Holland and enjoyed an illustrious career with Feyenoord, is the latest former footballer to launch a scathing attack against Van Gaal and his brand of football, which has already been severely criticised by Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and Gary Neville.
“PSV definitely got a good result against Manchester United [ they drew 0-0 last week] although we do not have to exaggerate,” van Hanegem told Dutch newspaper AD.
“Saturday [against Leicester] I again looked at Manchester and I see that team play and [they make] tears shoot from my eyes.
“If you can spend £300m, then you do not buy such a bunch of cake bakers.”
Among the Premier League top five, nobody has scored less than United so far this season and the former Feyenoord man suggested the numbers spoke volume for the football Van Gaal has tried to impose on his side.
“Van Gaal is a good trainer when his team get results because then everything is accepted,” said van Hanegem.
“Look at Holland in the World Cup.
“Perhaps it [his football] does not matter to others, as long as it yields points. I do not think so. I am a lover [of football]. Van Gaal takes the fun away from the people.”
The former Holland international went on to add he was baffled by the lack of creativity in the United squad, particularly after Van Gaal did not replace Angel Di Maria.
“It strikes me that he has almost no creative players in his squad,” he said.
“Di Maria is such a person, but he was not entirely to his liking in Manchester.
“Some players need to show their football with instincts that you should not take away.
“Di Maria is now doing it again excellent at Paris Saint-Germain.”