Louis van Gaal is choosing to ignore constant speculation linking Manchester United with a horde of players this summer and remains confident United have the ability to sign players very quickly if necessary.
Despite the frustration amongst fans, Van Gaal feels he is being fair to the current squad of players by giving them longer to impress him and is refusing to panic with the end of the transfer window looming.
“I want to assess my team and I can only judge when I am the trainer-coach,” he said at his press conference yesterday.
“And I transfer my philosophy and I know how they perform my philosophy. That is what I am doing.
“Not only with the players that have trained and played football in the United States, but now I give these other players a chance for two weeks. I think that is honest. Then we have to wait and wait. You can buy a player in 24 hours, believe me. That is not a problem.
“I could discuss this [specific targets] with you but I won’t do that. I will discuss it with Ed Woodward, not with you.”
Current reports suggest United are in talks with Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo and speculation linking Arturo Vidal to United is still there.
Van Gaal’s confidence is hopefully not misplaced but given that Ed Woodward warned United fans to ‘watch this space’ a month ago with regards to new players coming in, the startling lack of activity has sent some mixed messages to fans.
Of course, there are still two weeks left in the window and that is more than enough time to secure players. However, with United now almost desperate and time quickly running out, United will likely have to pay a premium because clubs know the money is there as is the necessity to make signings.