The Red Devils chief oversaw a £150m+ spend during the summer – the largest amount ever spent by a single club in a transfer window – and has since been linked with yet more big money deals.
Despite the massive investment, United have made a stuttering start to the campaign, with a relatively kind opening run of fixtures – aside from recent games with Man City and Chelsea – having garnered just 13 points – leaving them behind all of their major top four rivals.
With centre-back issues and a lack of depth in central midfield both issues, moves for the likes of Kevin Strootman of Roma and Dortmund’s Mats Hummels have both been mooted, however the duo are likely to cost around £70m combined.
And reports suggest that Van Gaal is not looking to throw too much cash at his problems in the New Year, with holding off until next summer his preference.
It’s understood that the money is in place, but the Dutchman has been encouraged by the performances of senior players and emerging youngsters.