Man United transfers: Louis van Gaal runs rule over new signings

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is much happier with this summer's transfer window than last year

Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United have managed to strike a balance with their summer signings.

The Red Devils snapped up Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian in the past week after United agreed a deal for Memphis Depay in May.

Manchester United only buy players who can make a contribution to that. We are not buying for buying’s sake

Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal spent over £150m on new signings last summer, including a British record £59.7m on Angel di Maria, but the new players didn’t have an immediate impact on the United side.

However, the Red Devils manager is much happier with the current shape of his squad ahead of their friendly against Club America in Seattle on Saturday.

“I’m very happy because, in my opinion, they are very good players,” Van Gaal told his media conference. “That’s why we have bought them.

“I’m very happy they’re here before the tour – we can prepare all the team elements with them. There’s also Memphis Depay and now the three new signings. It’s much better than last year.

“Our selection was not in balance [last season]. I wanted balance with my midfielders, so you could expect that I should buy two holding midfielders. Morgan is the type who I think can play in our system and in our philosophy.

“Manchester United only buy players who can make a contribution to that. We are not buying for buying’s sake. Every player who is sitting here can make a contribution.”

Van Gaal added that he is confident Schweinsteiger can make the transition from the Bundesliga to the Premier League.

“I believe he will do his utmost best to perform in the same way he did at Bayern. I have a lot of confidence in him,” Van Gaal continued.

“Morgan has played in the Premier League. The question is with Bastian and Matteo: can they cope with the Premier League? I’m fully confident they can.”

The United boss spoke about the competition for places in his midfield with Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick all fighting for a first-team place.

“They know already that they have to fight for their position,” Van Gaal added. “It’s never secure. Morgan has to fight with Schweinsteiger, Carrick, Blind… these are the players who can play in the centre of midfield.

“Darmian has to fight with Valencia. He knows that and Valencia knows that also. And Michael Carrick knows as well – I told him at the end of last season. The difficulty is to get these players – it’s not so easy – and I’m very proud, especially of Ed Woodward, that he’s done that.”

Van Gaal led United to a fourth-place finish in his first season in charge.

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