Manchester United's transfer business gives Van Gaal a big headache

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The last week could well be considered one of the most hectic and greatest weeks for Manchester United fans since the Sir Alex Ferguson era came to an end.

There is a renewed sense of optimism in the air among the supporters that that Louis van Gaal has finally succeeded in doing what David Moyes ultimately failed to achieve; constructing a squad worthy of the United name.

Big 7 days

In the last week the Red Devils have managed to recruit a world class star in Bastian Schweinsteiger, a top performer in the Premier League and an in-demand player in Morgan Schneiderlin, along with addressing a long-term problem in their squad for a number of years by signing a quality right-back in Matteo Darmian.


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Each of these signings represents shrewd business on Van Gaal's behalf and all have caused quite a stir in the media. It seems that United are beginning to regain their aura as Britain's most alluring club; one that can attract the best stars in the world, just as the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona do on a regular basis.

While Schneiderlin nor Darmian cannot be considered as the world's best players it is definitely a step in the right direction for a club who seemingly were signing players in an attempt to get the fans on side rather than build a properly functioning team just a year ago.

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Issues awaiting?

However, there is now a new problem brewing for Van Gaal's team. Having signed these top class players, how do they intend to keep them?

United's midfield now boasts names like Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind. Realistically of these seven players a maximum of three can play at the same time.

The holding-midfielder position could be held by any one of Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Carrick or Blind, while the more attacking berth can come from any one of Herrera, Mata or Fellaini. Some players have a blend of both talents, giving them a better chance of being selected, however there will certainly at least one big name player unhappy with their amount of game-time come the January transfer window.

Van Gaal's big choice

In relation to the wide players it seems Mata's days of playing wide on the right are thanks to the arrival of Memphis Depay. He will contest with Angel Di Maria, Adnan Januzaj and Ashley Young for these spots on the pitch.

With the arrival of Darmian the likelihood is that Antonio Valencia will once again seek to reclaim a position in midfield in search of game-time and add to the intense competition among the stars. It also seems that for Andreas Pereira, a promising youngster in the United ranks, a move elsewhere in hope of game time seems a more feasible option, for the next season at least.

Front role tied up?

One position that seems safe for the meantime is that of Wayne Rooney's role as the front-man. With Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao having departed this summer Rooney's status as being the main central striker has never looked more secure, unless of course Van Gaal splashes more cash in order to boost his attacking options.

At the moment focusing on retaining Javier Hernandez may be in Van Gaal's interest; he played the role of a super-sub very well in his best days at United and would be more than capable of filling in for Rooney if he needed a rest for a game or two.

It is too early to tell how United's defence will take shape next season. While Darmian is an excellent coup Van Gaal will probably aim to do more business in the market with regards to finding a central defender to cement their back line and allow their midfielders to play the kind of football the Dutchman's system is building towards.

United fans, what do you think to how the team is shaping up? Has Van Gaal made the right moves? Let us know in the comments box below.

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