Woodward expects Manchester United to make more signings this summer

by Sam Peoples

Ed Woodward has revealed there has been progress with transfer targets and expects Manchester United to make more signings this summer.

Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw have already moved to Old Trafford but United are willing to invest further to give Louis van Gaal the squad he wants for the upcoming season.

Speaking to MUTV in Los Angeles, Woodward said: “We’ve been working with Louis over several weeks with regards to targets and we’re continuing to move forward on some of those targets.

“We are still a huge attraction to top football stars around the world – there is no doubt about that. I hope [fans] will see the direction we’re heading in with the new manager, coaching staff and players, and a commitment to do what it takes to get back to the top.

“We are willing to invest. There is no fixed budget. Financially we are extremely strong and funds are available. Louis is assessing what’s going on and there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes, so watch this space.”

A host of players have been linked to United including (but certainly not limited to) Mats Hummels, Daley Blind and Stefan de Vrij.

Herrera and Shaw are both fantastic signings for the club but with a need for at least one centre back as well as another central midfielder and potentially a wide attacking player, there are still gaps in the squad that could do with being filled.

As well as incomings, Woodward expects players to leave Old Trafford this summer. When questioned on the topic, he said: “Yes, I think so. The manager makes that decision. A few players have already gone and there may well be a few others.

“It’s also worth commenting that we’re not in Europe this year, so there are fewer games and Louis may take the view that he wants a tighter squad to bed in.

“If you do the analysis over the last year, Liverpool performed extremely well with a smaller number of players, but that’s a decision for the manager.”

With less than four weeks until the start of the season, United are clearly active in the transfer market behind the scenes and although Van Gaal insisted he wanted to see his squad for three to four weeks before making any decisions, there is every chance the club will be active sooner rather than later.

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