Louis van Gaal may not officially be conducting business at Manchester United until after the World Cup, but he’s reportedly already worrying over Ed Woodward’s abilities to sign the biggest names for his squad.
According to the Daily Mirror the Dutchman is anxious that his plans for United will fall to ruin, as he has yet to see a single name arrive at Old Trafford despite the fact that he handed Woodward a list of the names he wants weeks ago. £150million has been put aside by the Glazer family for Van Gaal to improve the United squad, and fans are expecting huge purchases after hearing promises that the disastrous fortunes endured last summer were merely a one off inconvenience.
It’s believed that Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger, Juventus’ Arturo Vidal and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani are the players Van Gaal wants to be introduced to the Old Trafford setup, but the 62-year-old has been left rightly concerned as the club appear to have toiled to little avail as of yet. It’s now looking increasingly unlikely that there will be four new names on the United roster in time for the start of their pre-season tour to America in mid-July, which will annoy the club’s new boss even more, as he apparently gave Woodward specific orders to get the requested men by that time.
The Mirror claim that Ryan Giggs is keeping Van Gaal informed on a day-to-day basis about any developments being made in the transfer market, with the veteran coach keen to remain closely involved despite the fact that he is attempting to engineer a successful World Cup with Holland. He managed to mastermind a shock 5-1 victory over Spain in the Oranje’s opening fixture on Friday night, but that could prove to be a walk in the park compared to the task he’s facing in England.
Though intially optimism was high following his appointment, a number of top European stars have already publicly rejected moves to Old Trafford, and the list of potential additions seems to be slimming by the day. Perhaps it’s the fact that Van Gaal has maintained an incredibly high set of criteria with regards to choosing who he wants to sign, but the lack of Champions League football next season does little to help his cause.
It is early days yet, and there is plenty of time left for Woodward to get United’s transfer plans up and running, but surely if he fails this time around the club will look to replace him with someone better qualified to do the job?