New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says that he may well make further additions to his squad, but only after he has fully assessed his current options.
The Dutchman fielded his first press conference as the Red Devils’ chief today, with his role as the Netherlands’ boss during the World Cup having delayed his switch to Old Trafford.
Despite his absence, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera have been snapped up by the club for around £60m while a host of other big names – including Arturo Vidal, Mats Hummels and Angel di Maria – have been mooted as target amid speculation that LVG has around £200m to spend in total.
However, the 62-year-old says that he will hold off of adding to his ranks for now, with assessing the players he already has at his disposal important to him:
“My method is always the same – I want to look at the players I have now.” He is quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I want to see in the first few weeks what they can do. Maybe then I shall buy others players.
“I want to see the (current) players perform with my philosophy.”
Shaw and Herrera are young and relatively inexperienced players at 18 and 24 respectively, but van Gaal believes that age is now a big factor to him:
“I’m not always convinced of the experience of players,
“I have said a lot of times, a boy like Clarence Seedorf, he was 16, I let him make his debut [at Ajax].
“Sometimes he was more experienced than a player of 30 – it depends on the personality.”