In our first transfer window update last week on Manchester United’s activity so far, we made it clear how quickly Louis van Gaal was looking to do business this summer.
After all, a deal to sign PSV’s Memphis Depay has already been agreed and the Dutch winger has already undergone his medical at the club, all before the Premier League season had ended. That was quick, even Sir Alex would have been proud at how quickly it was completed.
When questioned yesterday after the 0-0 draw to Hull City, Van Gaal intimated he had already decided who was coming and going this summer from his squad but few expected an announcement for Radamel Falcao’s departure less than six hours after the full-time whistle.
The Colombian has re-joined AS Monaco as Van Gaal decided not to extend his one-year loan spell following a disappointing campaign at United.
Not only was that the right decision but instead of messing anybody about, Van Gaal moved swiftly and decisively, and that’s something which really excites United fans.
Van Gaal has also made it clear there are going to be more players arriving in what is set to be a ‘heavy summer’ for the club.
Over the last two summers, the biggest criticism towards United in the transfer market has been a distinct lack of early movement. Instead, United have been left with a deadline day trolley dash on both occasions and it makes it almost impossible to secure the right deals at that late stage.
This time around, United have already moved to complete three transfers (two out, one in) and by the time that pre-season starts in just under 60 days, there is every chance Van Gaal will have finished the majority of his business.
If he can do that, the new players will have the best possible chance of settling down in time for the pre-season tour and it will make the squad much tighter ahead of the new Premier League season.