Louis van Gaal has said that he’s happy with the current Manchester United squad, despite rumors that the team is still looking for reinforcements.
Manchester United were heavily linked with Pedro, but the Spanish attacking midfielder ended up at rivals Chelsea after the London club swooped in late. Van Gaal spoke to the media on Friday ahead of Saturday’s game against Newcastle United and was cryptic when discussing potential transfers.
“You have to wait and see,” van Gaal said to manutd.com. “It is not any pressure for me – we have 28 players.”
He also spoke about his relationship with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
“I cannot answer that question [on transfers], because then I interfere and I don’t want to interfere,” van Gaal said. “Ed Woodward is doing the things and he does it very well,” the Reds manager declared to the press.
“I have the idea that you [the press] want to separate Ed Woodward with me – never. Every day I am updated by him and I trust him. I don’t think anyone has to doubt him because he has proven for many years that he is the right person in the right spot.”
At the moment, United have three natural strikers in Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and James Wilson, but van Gaal said that he’s willing to test both Adnan Januzaj and Memphis Depay at the striker position if need be. He was very impressed by Depay’s comments after the 3-1 win over Club Brugge in the first leg of the Champions League playoff qualifiers.
“When he scores goals you have to be modest,” van Gaal told MUTV. “I’ve seen that Memphis was modest in his answers to the media after his two goals and assist. I like that because there’s a long way still for him to go.