Louis van Gaal has hailed Manchester United's summer spending spree which saw six new players arrive at Old Trafford for a combined fee of just £170 million.
The Dutch boss arrived at Manchester United after the World Cup and was charged with overhauling his new squad following their worst Premier League season on record last time round.
He cut a frustrated figure at times as a host of key targets slipped through his fingers, but having landed the both Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao in the last week of the window things have taken on a different complexion altogether.
Along with those two, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind all signed on the dotted line at Manchester United. Van Gaal, who has managed some of the biggest clubs in the world including Barcelona and Bayern Munich, was delighted to have been given the money by Manchester United chiefs to re-mould his squad.
"At Bayern, they would have stopped me [from spending]," he is quoted as saying by De Telegraaf. "But do you know what Manchester United's people do? They just keep buying!"
Their efforts on deadline day to land Falcao from Monaco on loan for an overall figure of £20 million including wages, means Manchester United have spent well in excess of £200 million over the past three windows. They have the option to make Falcao's move permanent for a reported fee of just under £45 million which will further increase their spending.
While the Old Trafford faithful are pleased with the arrival of the Colombian striker, there are still areas of the squad that need to be addressed but were ignored in the summer window.
Having lost both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand it was a surprise to see Van Gaal not go for a specialist option at centre-back even though both Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind can operate there.
Despite their spending, so far Van Gaal is yet to oversee a competitive win in charge of Manchester United, with their latest setback coming by virtue of a 0-0 draw with local rivals Burnley last weekend.
They'll have the chance to change all that when they take on QPR at Old Trafford after the international break.
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