Louis van Gaal admits Manchester United may wait four weeks for new signings

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Louis van Gaal has admitted that it could be up to four weeks before Manchester United look to make further additions to their squad this summer.

The Red Devils have already ventured into the transfer market on two occasions this summer to complete deals for Ander Herrera and former Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, with many fans expecting more quality new arrivals to ensure that the club are able to drastically improve on last season's disappointing seventh-placed finish.

Van Gaal - who officially begins work as Manchester United manager today following the climax of the Netherlands' World Cup campaign - appears to have somewhat dampened those lofty expectations, however, and appears keen to allow existing members of the squad at Old Trafford to prove themselves before seeking further signings.

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A wait for signings

"I want to look at the players here at the present," the 62-year-old was quoted by The Daily Express during his official media unveiling on Thursday afternoon.

"I know the players but I have not trained and coached them. It will take three or four weeks to see what they can do before we buy other players."

While Manchester United fans might be somewhat concerned by that potential delay, such words from their new manager may give a number of the club's so-called 'fringe' players an extra confidence boost ahead of pre-season training.

The first-team places of the likes of Ashley Young, Shinji Kagawa, Nani, Chris Smalling, Wilfried Zaha and Tom Cleverley - plus several other teammates - were believed to be under serious threat following Van Gaal's arrival, but it sounds as if the experienced and reputable Dutchman may just be willing to give those previously disappointing performers a fresh chance to impress before showing them towards the exit.

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Areas to strengthen

Despite Van Gaal sounding relatively enthusiastic about handing opportunities to current players, it seems incredibly unlikely that he - with the help of executive vice chairman Ed Woodward - won't attempt to make at least one new purchase before the start of the 2014/15 Premier League campaign.

One area that the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss will surely be looking to strengthen is central defence.

While the likes of Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones are all available to fill the considerable void left by the recent departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, it seems unlikely that the club will fail to improve upon those questionably options.

The addition of an energetic and powerful box-to-box midfielder must also be high on Van Gaal's agenda moving forward.

Manchester United's midfield was subject to all manner of criticism and ridicule during the dark 10-month reign of David Moyes, and a player in the mold of an Arturo Vidal would surely be most welcome.

Manchester United fans, what do you make of Van Gaal's comments today? Is he right to wait to make any new signings or are you concerned that such a delay might hamper your chances of getting the bigger names? 

Who would you ideally like to see your club sign before the start of next season? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comment box provided below.

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