Louis van Gaal doesn’t want to rule out a move for AS Roma’s Kevin Strootman but admitted he would wait to see how he recovers from his injury.
Strootman has spent the last five months on the sidelines since tearing a cruciate ligament in his knee and it forced the Dutch midfielder to miss the World Cup.
Van Gaal decided to pass up on the opportunity to sign Toni Kroos, Cesc Fabregas and potentially Arturo Vidal too, so Strootman is strongly considered to be one of his top choices but any move depends on his recovery from injury.
“I never say anything about individual players – it’s my vision that we have to be about the team and not individual players,” Van Gaal told reporters yesterday.
“Other players, not at Manchester United, I can’t judge – I am not there. Strootman I can judge, but he has been injured for more than six months.
“We have to wait and see how he comes back. It’s not so easy to come back out of an injury, so we’ll wait and see.”
Van Gaal’s affection towards Strootman was made clear when he implemented a brand new 5-3-2 formation at the World Cup as a direct consequence of Strootman’s absence but there are reservations over whether a move for the Dutch midfielder is too much of a risk due to his injuries.
Some players can return from serious injury and still go on to be great players, such as Ruud van Nistelrooy, but others like Owen Hargreaves and Antonio Valencia are never the same again.
Van Gaal would love to have a fully firing Strootman at United, that much is obvious, but it sounds like he will wait and see how he recovers before considering a move for him which would be the smart thing to do.