As soon as Louis Van Gaal was appointed manager of Manchester United, he immediately began working the transfer window and targeting essential areas.
Van Gaal has already successfully signed Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera and looks to add more to the list. Reported players include Juventus’ Arturo Vidal, AS Roma’s Kevin Strootman, Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen, and even the highly-sought-after James Rodriguez from AS Monaco.
Van Gaal’s action was inspired by a hefty transfer allotment from the front office. A reported, £200 million was given to Van Gaal to restore the disgraced name of Manchester United. An embarrassing season last year ending in a seventh-place finish resulted in a coaching change and pleas for a turn to normalcy.
Manchester United have areas in their lineup that need a tune-up. One area of need is the defense. After losing Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic as well as the aging Patrice Evra, Van Gaal has targeted the young and talented Shaw as Evra’s replacement. Another area in need of improvement is the midfield.
Aging and disappointing players are ruling the midfield with names such as Michael Carrick, Nani, Darren Fletcher, Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley. To help improve the midfield, Van Gaal has signed Herrera and hopefully Carvalho in the coming days.
Despite the amount of prestige that the Manchester United name brings, Van Gaal is unable to promise potential suitors one thing – Champions League soccer. Van Gaal has already lost out on German midfielder Toni Kroos due to lack of Champions League competition. With that said, Van Gaal has the money, which seems to be a motivating factor for many soccer players.
Who would have thought? By the end of the transfer window, expect Manchester United to outfit a whole new team that will compete once again for silverware like Sir Alex Ferguson would have wanted.
Collin Ruby is a soccer writer for RantSports.com, follow him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby