New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that it is "difficult" to sign new players in the summer transfer window.
The Dutch boss took up the reins at Old Trafford after the end of the World Cup last month, succeeding David Moyes who was let go after a disastrous 10 months in charge.
He was immediately charged with overhauling a Manchester United squad that recorded its lowest ever Premier League finish last time round, but so far he has only had limited success. Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw have arrived for a combined fee of around £60 million, however both those deals were in the pipeline while Van Gaal was away with the Dutch national side at the World Cup.
Since he officially took over at Manchester United he is yet to complete a single signing, despite new rumours emerging on a day-to-day basis.
The likes of Angel di Maria, Juan Cuadrado, Mats Hummels, Arturo Vidal and Thomas Vermaelen have all been linked with Manchester United at some stage over the past few weeks, but as yet no new arrivals have been confirmed.
On the pitch things are going well for Van Gaal, who led the Red Devils to five wins from five in pre-season, but the Dutchman admits things are proving to be a lot tougher in the transfer market.
'Manchester United shall buy players when we can improve our selection,' the Manchester United manager told reporters upon returning from the pre-season tour to America. 'And that is a lot more difficult than you think.'
While there has been plenty of talk about new arrivals, attention has also turned to which Manchester United squad members could be for the chop. Recent reports have suggested that Van Gaal has made his mind up over who will be sold having seen them up close and personal.
Previously it was suggested that up to 12 Manchester United players were in danger of being sold, however it is highly unlikely that a dozen players will be allowed to leave in one window.
Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand have all left already, along with Alexander Buttner.