Louis van Gaal wants to take three to four weeks to watch his Manchester United squad first hand before he considers making any new signings.
However, with moves for the likes of Arturo Vidal in the pipeline, Van Gaal has made it clear he wants to test the current squad out so that he can make an informed opinion on what players he wants.
“My method is always the same. I want to look at the players now, the players present,” he said.
“Of course I know how the players play, but I don’t know the players under my coaching. In the first three or four weeks I want to see what they can do. Then maybe I will buy other players.
“The players we have bought now – Shaw and Herrera – they were already on the list. I gave my approval because I like them.
“First I want to see the players performing under my philosophy and how quickly they can pick up this philosophy. Now, I haven’t worked with most of them so we have to wait and see. It’s very important there’s a ‘click’ between players and the manager.”
Prior reports from Italy suggested a deal had already been agreed between United and Vidal, so Van Gaal is playing his cards very close to his chest if that is proved to be the case.
The fact Van Gaal wants to get to know his squad first hand before making any other signings is understandable but it shouldn’t take him three to four weeks to realise just how poor United’s midfield is.
Van Gaal might have only spent a short time with his squad but he would have been given detailed analysis from his support staff on how every single player had done in training, so he will already have a strong idea on who is good enough for him.
A long-term injury to Michael Carrick could see Van Gaal make his move earlier than he anticipated but it sounds like fans will have to wait a little while longer before any more players join the club.