The appointment of Louis van Gaal is good because, well, he couldn't be worse than David Moyes.

He will leave the Holland national team to become the head coach at Old Trafford after the World Cup this summer and is now on a mission to improve the squad after one of the worst seasons ever for the club.

These are the top five players which he will need to get back into the Premier League title race....

Luke Shaw

England's youngest representative in Brazil is surely not going to stay at Southampton for another year. Reportedly, two clubs are preparing bids for the left-back - Chelsea and United.

Chelsea are seeking to replace Ashley Cole in defence with someone younger. Shaw is the primary target for the club from Stamford Bridge. There is a good chance of signing him, as the youngster is a Chelsea fan since his childhood.

Despite that, the Red Devils will do everything what it takes to get him to the club. He would be an excellent replacement for soon-to-retire Frenchman Patrice Evra. Who will he sign for?

Mats Hummels

There is a hole in Manchester United's defence and the club is aware of it. Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are both leaving and new transfers are needed. 

Hummels has shown nothing but quality in Bundesliga matches and that is why Juventus, Barcelona and Manchester United are chasing his signature. 

If he makes a transfer to Old Trafford, the 25-year-old will become the squad's most expensive defender, twice as expensive as Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans. 

Kevin Strootman

Van Gaal's favorite player at the national team is oftenly a scorer for Roma, although he plays as a central midfielder. This could be his opportunity to get into the elite team at Manchester.

The Dutchman is more expensive than Arsenal's Player of the Year - Aaron Ramsey. His price has risen over the past season, in which he scored five goals and made five assists in 25 matches. 

If Strootman makes a move to Manchester United, he will have to push Tom Cleverly out of the competition for the starting XI position.

Koke

Many fans aren't sure why they would even want to sign Koke. They already have Juan Mata and the young Spaniard would mostly sit on the bench.

A wonderkid like Koke should be signed if Mata moves to Barcelona. That way his first-team place would be ensured. Otherwise, it is not going to be a smart job. 

Atletico's no.6 is just 22 years old, but has already represented Spain on seven occasions and will take part in their World Cup squad alongside Mata. In 36 La Liga matches, Koke made 14 assists. 

Marco Reus

The player that has been linked with Manchester for most times is also the most expensive one on this list. Let's face it, the club's weakest points are the wingers and at least one transfer including that position is necessary.  

Ashley Young and Adnan Januzaj are not among the best players in the club and they should be mostly used as substitutes. 

On the other hand, Reus would be perfect for the Red Devils, as he scores for Borussia Dortmund like an average striker - 16 goals in 30 league matches. 

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