Manchester United are expected to give Louis van Gaal more funds for further signings in the January transfer window if he needs them.
Both The Independent and The Times have reported the same story in today’s newspapers and James Ducker suggests Kevin Strootman is the player most likely to join in a potential £30m deal, so long as his knee recovers in the next few months.
Strootman’s knee injury troubles ruled United out of a move for him this summer and although Daley Blind and Ander Herrera arrived, questions have been asked about whether United’s midfield and defence is good enough, especially in comparison to how strong the attack is.
A reiterated point in both articles alludes to the fact United don’t feel the current spending by the club takes anything away from United’s historical links to promoting the youth and it was a point which Sam Pilger excellently made himself last night.
#MUFC lost their identity for 5 years between 2008 and 2014 when they refused to compete in the transfer market. They have now regained it
— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) September 4, 2014
The days of United’s pursestrings being firmly held shut by a Glazers branded vice are over but it does not mean the ethos of promoting youth has been lost. Instead, it has been married with world class players just like the Class of ’92 were when they broke into the first-team all those years ago.
This summer was an amalgamation of several poor transfer windows and with Van Gaal in charge, the board now clearly has the confidence to invest and spend where necessary.