The paper reports that whoever is appointed as manager will be given the final say in any signings meaning that if Van Gaal is the man to take over from David Moyes in a permanent capacity, he could begin working on targets as late as July 13th, the day the World Cup end.
Last year United chased their tail as the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Leighton Baines, Ander Herrera and Fábio Coentrão elluded United and in a panic United ended up signing Marouane Fellaini in a panic as the transfer window closed.
Van Gaal’s shortlist of targets has already been finalised if paper reports are to be believed but how will he seal these deals if he is focusing on Holland’s World Cup campaign?
Jamie Jackson writes:
United are aiming for an overhaul of the squad. Yet even if Van Gaal was appointed in the next few days it would leave him almost no time to finalise targets before starting his World Cup buildup. As with most managers, his preference is to meet a player in person.
United believe they have done much work on the players who could arrive in the summer. However, this was done under Moyes’ direction and Van Gaal is bound to have differing views.
It was revealed today that despite talks with Van Gaal going well United are still exploring other avenues in terms of management.
Van Gaal heading to the World Cup was always going to be an issue, but could this be a deterrent when United come to making their final decision?