Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, has insisted that a fresh United team and framework will be in place by next Tuesday morning, according to reports in the English press. The transfer window closes at 23:00 on Monday, and Van Gaal is anticipating a lot of moving and shaking at Old Trafford between now and then.
‘I had a conversation after lunch with the players and I said, maybe after this weekend we shall have another group because players shall go away and others shall come in,’ said Van Gaal. The Dutchman is ready to offload those who have not impressed during his opening matches at the helm of the Red Devils, and he is ready to bring in more big-money signings as well.
The news comes shortly after United completed a British record £59.7 million deal to bring Angel di Maria into the club from Real Madrid, but also shortly after a humiliating four-nil thrashing at the hands of MK Dons in the League Cup. Van Gaal is yet to record a competitive win as United manager this season, and will head into this weekend’s match with Burnley searching for a much needed three points.
It is not clear whether United will be able to act quick enough to get new players in before the weekend fixture, but they must have their signings in place by Tuesday morning. Arturo Vidal is still being heavily linked with the club, as is Daley Blind. Should both of those players be brought in then the total United spend for this summer will eclipse the £150 million mark. Including January’s signing of Juan Mata, United will have spent close to £200 million in 2014.