Manchester United have a hugely unbalanced squad and they are in for a big summer when it comes to incomings and departures.
However, big transfers are always difficult to pull off and van Gaal may need to prioritise one area of his squad if he doesn’t land all his targets.
We asked our Twitter followers for their thoughts on who they would bring in if they could only sign one player:
@PeoplesPerson_ Fabinho. Desperately need an RB at the moment.
— cricket_fan (@TheJuanTwo) June 17, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Otamendi. He's a leader and a Beast. United need a top CB.
— Baestroll (@Beastroll) June 17, 2015
— King Wazza (@onelovemanutd_) June 17, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Splash the cash on Varane. We already have Rafael & Valencia for RB. Fellaini & Carrick for DM. Rooney and Chicha ST.
— Taleed Maamari (@taleedmaamari) June 17, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Benzema – time and again we've seen a 30 + goal striker saving the blushes of an unbalanced team.
— Harsh MUFC (@Harshs92) June 17, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ I'd say Benzema, we struggled for goals last season and he guarantees them, he'd be the main man for a change too.
— Amy Watson (@amywaatson) June 17, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Messi. Because Messi.
— Kev L. Thomas (@Kev_LT) June 17, 2015
The fact that there are so many varied responses tell it’s own story.
United need to strengthen in almost all areas of their squad and may even need to sign a new goalkeeper if David de Gea leaves for Real Madrid.
They also need to clear out the deadwood at Old Trafford, with players such as Javier Hernandez and Nani facing uncertain futures at the club. Fortunately, it seems van Gaal knows what he is doing and fans can be confident they will have a strong lineup at the start of next season.