Louis van Gaal has revealed that he wanted to sign Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw this summer, saying he gave Manchester United his approval to seal the deals because he liked the pair.
Shaw and Herrera arrived at Old Trafford earlier this summer for a combined fee of around £58 million. Herrera was Manchester United's first signing of the summer, while Shaw arrived from Southampton not long after as the most expensive teenager in football history.
Van Gaal's arrival at Manchester United was delayed because of his involvement in the World Cup with the Netherlands, but at his official unveiling today he confirmed that he oversaw the arrival of both players from afar.
He said: "Shaw and Herrera were already on the list. I gave my approval because I like them".
Manchester United have been linked with a string of new players including Arturo Vidal and Mats Hummels, while recent reports have suggested that he could sell up to 12 players this summer in an attempt to overhaul his squad and challenge for the title next season.
Despite all the speculation, the Dutchman says he is no rush to make changes too quickly, and would rather analyse his new squad closely before making any decisions over personnel changes.
'My method is always the same – I want to look at the players I have now," he explained.
‘I want to see in the first few weeks what they can do. Maybe then I shall buy others players. I want to see the (current) players perform with my philosophy.’
That may have to change however after the former Barcelona boss confirmed that Michael Carrick has been ruled out for a 'long time' after picking up an ankle injury in training. That may force him to step up his pursuit of a midfielder, and could prompt renewed interest in Vidal.
Van Gaal has already taken his first session in charge of Manchester United following his return from the World Cup, and will lead his new team on their upcoming tour of America.
He is said to have already told Manchester United officials that his target for this season is to claim a record 21st league title for the club - which would be a dramatic turnaround from their lowly 7th place finish last season under David Moyes.
He will take charge of his first official game as Manchester United boss on July 24 against LA Galaxy.