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Louis van Gaal says his players must fight for opportunities

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Manchester United have been busy in the transfer market this summer, making four new additions to their squad, with more expected to follow as they look to build on their 4th place finish last season.

The signings of Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin are cause for optimism among the United faithful, however boss Louis van Gaal has warned his players they will have to fight for their spot in the side.

Speaking at the unveiling of his new signings in Seattle, as seen in the Daily Mirror, the Dutch manager is continuing his hard-line approach to his players, as he assembles a squad capable of challenging defending champions Chelsea.

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“Every player who is here can make that contribution.” Said Van Gaal. “But they know already – and I have said this to the players – that you have to fight for your position.

“Never is it secure in top sport - even my position is not secure, as you know. But also the players, the players have to fight.”

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The signings of Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger have seen United address the midfield issues that proved to be their achilles heel last season, but the former Holland boss warned his new arrivals that a starting spot was not guaranteed.

He said: ““Schneiderlin has to fight with Schweinsteiger, Michael Carrick and Daley Blind. These are the players who can play in the centre of midfield.

“Darmian has to fight with Antonio Valencia for the right-back role. He knows that, but Valencia knows that also. Carrick knows it also, because at the end of the season I have told him.”

The changeover in personel at Old Trafford shows no sign of stopping as the season approaches. Despite the arrival of Depay United look short on numbers in the final third and rumours of an offer for Christian Benteke are beginning to mount, following the striker's actions on Twitter.

Links to PSG's Uruguayan striker, Edinson Cavani will not go away but could lead to United parting ways with club record signing Angel di Maria after just one disappointing campaign.

Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi has also been touted as a further addition to the squad as he looks to force a move away from Valencia.

Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero could be picked up as a free-agent to deputise for David de Gea, with the Spaniard facing the prospect of another season at Old Trafford.

Whatever transfer dealings are to happen come the end of the transfer window, Van Gaal is incredibly pleased with the business executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has done already.

He said: “I’m very proud, especially that Ed Woodward has done that. It's not so easy when Manchester United are coming, because clubs are always asking for more money than you think you should spend. But the new players are here at the right time.”

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