Louis van Gaal has recently been getting increasingly worried that Manchester United’s vital summer plans have been stalled, writes Steve Bates in the Sunday People.
Pressure has been heaped on Manchester United chief-executive Ed Woodward, who, as promised, has failed to bring in new names at Old Trafford this transfer window so far, after a disastrous last summer.
Van Gaal takes over as United boss whenever the Netherlands get knocked out, or win the FIFA World Cup, and it has been reported that he’s given Ed Woodward a fresh list of players, and has crossed out old undesired targets under David Moyes. Despite all this, United haven’t announced anything on new signings, escalating doubts over whether the alleged £150m transfer kitty given by the Glazers is true.
Despite van Gaal’s repellency for Cesc Fabregas in his Manchester United plans, the signing from Barcelona to Chelsea has made many United fans wonder why business isn’t been done rapidly, as promised at Old Trafford. As fierce rivals are adding to their squads, there has been uncertainty between the Old Trafford faithful. Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal are the new targets, with Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani still coveted according to reports. Another option is Kevin Strootman, a Dutch midfielder who is highly rated by van Gaal. However, it appears that van Gaal has dropped many targets, in lauding the likes of Marco Reus, and William Carvalho. Not only this, there is also fear that Luke Shaw’s £27m move to Old Trafford, has been stalled, with Southampton asking for a fee, that United are unwilling to pay for.
Van Gaal, who is currently managing the Dutch national team, has been reportedly receiving daily reports from assistant coach Ryan Giggs over the latest fluctuations in the transfer dealings. The Dutchman asked Giggs for his opinion on Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa, who will both be staying as van Gaal thinks highly of the two creative midfielders. Van Gaal believes he can get more out of the players than his predecessor David Moyes – but still wants at least four new players by the time United embark on their pre-season tour to America in mid-July.