Woodward: United Working Hard On New Sinings

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has told fans to expect new signings and also admits heads will roll from the present squad.

The club have already added Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw in a combined fee of over £50m, but Woodward says the Old Trafford club and their new manager are poised on transacting more business in the close season.

United have been linked with Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, defender Daley Blind and midfielder Kevin Strootman both from the Netherlands’ World Cup squad and Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen so far in the close season.

Ed Woodward Says United and Louis van Gaal Are Working Hard on Transfers.
Ed Woodward Says United and Louis van Gaal Are Working Hard on Transfers.

Woodward insists there is plenty of funds at Van Gaal’s disposal to boost his squad, if he so chooses after his present assessment of the players.

“We are willing to invest. There is no fixed budget. Financially we are extremely strong and funds are available,” said the club’s chief in an interview recorded on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States . “Louis is assessing what’s going on…

“We’ve been working with Louis over several weeks with regards to targets and we’re continuing to move forward on some of those targets and there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes, so watch this space.

“The time he (Van Gaal) spends here as well as in America, he’ll be able to assess what he’s got and continue to tweak the decisions if we need to.”

United are without European football this season after finishing seventh last time ’round under David Moyes- the first time in about a couple of decades.

Woodward does not see their absence from Europe as any hindrance to potential signings, though.

“I have experienced a lot of conversations with agents and players and we are still a huge attraction to top football stars around the world – there is no doubt about that. We’ve already invested in two new fantastic players,” he added.

“I hope [fans] will see the direction we’re heading in with the new manager, coaching staff and players, and a commitment to do what it takes to win the title.”

Manager Van Gaal could do with few players in the bid to get the team back to the top, as a consequence of it’s participation in relatively fewer matches next season.

So there is a high possibility that some squad members will be moved on before the close of the transfer window.

Asked if other players could be leaving United, Woodward added: “Yes, I think so. The manager makes that decision. A few players have already gone and there may well be a few others.”


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