Van Gaal: Man Utd in no hurry to sign players
Manchester United will not be buying players just for the sake of adding to the squad, according to manager Louis van Gaal.
The club have been making a lot of statements about spending big in this transfer window. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward recently spoke about the club’s ability to break transfer records if necessary. However, United have been unable to make significant progress in the transfer window since the rivals of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.
After recently confirming his interest in Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman, Van Gaal says that the club will be taking a measured approach to buying players. According to the BBC, he said:
“I have to choose this system. I don't buy players for buying players. I buy players to improve my selection.
“We have to see if the selection is in balance and how we can improve it. Not only by training but also transfers. I am always looking first to my players because the players are the most important thing in the club.”
At 24 years of age, Strootman perfectly fits into the profile of players United are thought to be looking in this transfer window. However, he may cost a fair bit of money after Roma placed a €100 million valuation on the player.
For the moment, United may actually benefit a lot from the presence of Herrera if pre-season friendly form can be taken into account. The Spaniard was extremely graceful in the centre of the park against LA Galaxy. He created chances and also kept the ball well.
A sense of urgency may be necessary for United given that they are looking to play in an entirely new way under Van Gaal.
After years of playing traditional 4-4-2 formations, United are trying to play in a 3-5-2 formation. This formation was highly successful for Van Gaal with the Dutch national team at the World Cup 2014 and he seems intent on recreating it at United. The lack of players capable of playing in this system, though, could prove to be a problem.
Van Gaal also stated that the squad that he inherits is not a balanced one, as it has too many players wanting to play in the number 10 role. He continued:
“When there is success you have a very good squad, and now I have to follow and the squad was broken I think. It is not in balance. It's more difficult to succeed in a difficult situation than in a fantastic situation.”
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