PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has stoked the fires of speculation by revealing that he would like to work with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal again in the future.
The 24-year-old midfielder has been linked with a host of clubs over the past few weeks - United included - and earlier today it was reported that he had opened the door to an exit by stating his desire to play for a big team.
Van Gaal and Wijnaldum
Now, as relayed by the Manchester Evening News, it’s become apparent that the Red Devils might just be top of the list with regards to his suitors, as he’s admitted he would look to work with Van Gaal once more.
The pair’s paths crossed whilst Van Gaal was in charge of the Netherlands national side, with the United manager giving Wijnaldum a chance to feature in his World Cup squad last year despite a lengthy injury layoff. As the player himself has made clear, that could stand United in good stead for the future.
“Of course I would like to work with him again," Wijnaldum said.
“He is a good trainer, and makes players better. I work really fine with him and he is a great man.
“He gave me a chance and opportunity to play in a World Cup after seven months out injured, and I am thankful for that. He helped me get my confidence back.”
Busy transfer window
It certainly looks like being a busy transfer window for United, with Van Gaal sure to want to significantly bolster his squad depth if Champions League football is on the cards. The Red Devils were suspiciously quiet during the January window but it would be major surprise to see them as refrained come the end of the season, particularly if the rumours over their financial kitty prove to be true.
Therefore it makes sense to go along with the idea that Van Gaal will turn to his native country when it comes to squad improvements. Not only does he know most of the players well but it stands to reason that they’d be more attuned to his system of playing, possibly negating the need for a prolonged transitional period.
United's transfer business
Wijnaldum’s teammate Memphis Depay is also said to be a target for United, and though neither man is in the same class as the likes of Arjen Robben yet, they’re very much considered the future of Dutch football.
As for Wijnaldum himself it will be interesting to see where he would fit into Van Gaal’s fold. An attacking midfielder by trade he could certainly help with scoring goals from the middle of the park, although the form produced by Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini this year negates the need to spend big money on a midfielder who isn’t a necessity.
Instead Van Gaal should first and foremost train his sights on a new central defender. Experience will be key if United are to challenge across the board and even the most die hard fans will know they could do with improvements across the back four.
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