Louis van Gaal gave a typically brief answer when questioned on Manchester United’s transfer plans for January after the Tottenham Hotspur game on Sunday.
Being interviewed by Ray Stubbs post-match, Van Gaal gave a blunt ‘no’ when asked if he could reveal anything related to the club’s ‘transfer strategy.’
Whilst United rarely gave leaks to the press regarding transfers under Sir Alex Ferguson, new CEO Ed Woodward has appeared keen to prove his strength in the job and has regularly briefed journalists about players the club are interested in.
It’s a transfer strategy which United fans are happy Van Gaal is implementing because the open approach of David Moyes was very public and ultimately failed.
Moves like that can backfire, especially when you only buy Marouane Fellaini in a summer where you were interested in bringing both Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas to the club.
But Van Gaal has appeared frustrated with Woodward’s eagerness to leak news to the press with the manager preferring to keep all his cards close to his chest.
Indeed, United signed both Ander Herrera and Radamel Falcao in the summer without a word in the newspapers are little as 24 hours before the moves happened.
The manager also said a transfer only took 24 hours and he stuck to his word, completing swift moves for several players in the weeks before the transfer deadline.
Whilst Woodward wants to prove to the world he’s got at his job, Van Gaal appears to want to keep all business between himself and his CEO.