Louis van Gaal has admitted Manchester United are already ‘very busy’ when it comes to transfers for this summer and is keen to address a lack of balance in his squad.
Man United have already been linked with a host of players including (but not limited to) Memphis Depay, Mats Hummels and Nathaniel Clyne, and the transfer window hasn’t even opened up yet.
Last year, van Gaal was away at the World Cup with Holland so was very detached from the transfers and had to set off on the pre-season tour not long after, all of which made it difficult for him to attack the transfer window how he wanted to.
However, with a full summer and a shortened pre-season agreed upon, United’s boss has plenty of time to bring in the players he wants.
“This summer is very important, of course,” van Gaal told reporters.
“We need balance in our selection. I cannot deny that. But we are very busy with that,” Louis says.
“I am looking for players who fit in as my players, so that has to be a quicker adaptation than players who I have received when I came here in Manchester United.”
United started off the season extremely slow but came into much stronger form as the season progressed as players began to understand and embrace van Gaal’s philosophy.
This time around, the majority of United’s squad now knows van Gaal’s ways already and only the new signings would have to settle down in that respect, a problem United’s boss would avoid by only bringing in players who fit his style.
Van Gaal also made it clear he intended to bring players in quickly this year to help them settle into the squad: “We hope so. But that is so difficult. You cannot prevent that because every negotiation these days takes longer and longer.
“Last year was the consequence of the World Cup. Other clubs had that problem but I was just starting, so that’s a little different.”
All in all, this is a summer window where Man United are going to be far more prepared than last time around. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if all van Gaal’s signings were completed before the pre-season tour began halfway through July?