Louis van Gaal must guide Man United to top-three finish, says Red Devils chief

Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward expects Louis van Gaal to secure a top-three finish this season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Louis van Gaal is expected to guide Manchester United to a top-three finish, according to Ed Woodward.

The Red Devils spent £145m on new players in the summer transfer window, including the British record £59.7m signing of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid.

I’m confident with Louis as our manager, with a clear philosophy and a reinvigorated squad

Ed Woodward

And United chief executive Woodward hailed the start of an exciting new chapter at the 20-time English champions despite Van Gaal’s continued search for a first competitive win.

“Our budgets assume a third-placed finish, as is ordinarily the case,” Woodward said in a conference call with the club’s investors.

“The 2013-14 season was a very challenging and disappointing one. But under Louis there is a real feeling at the training ground that we are at the start of something special.

“We are very excited about the future and believe it’s the start of a new chapter in the club’s history.

“I’m confident with Louis as our manager, with a clear philosophy and a reinvigorated squad, we will get back to challenging for the title and trophies.”

He added: “We don’t intend to significantly increase ‘cap-ex’ in January.

“We will continue to monitor, in association with Louis, his view of the squad and which areas we want to strengthen and which areas we want to sell.

“The usual three in, three out is par for the course in the numbers in and out each year, typically in the summer.”

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