Ed Woodward has told Manchester United fans the club will be extremely busy over the next couple of weeks and that fans should expect various arrivals and departures before the Premier League gets underway on August 15th against Swansea.
Having already spent more than £50m on Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, United have lost Ryan Giggs, who retired at the end of last season, while Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Federico Macheda and Alex Buttner have all left the club and the quartet is set to be follow suit by another couple of players, including Patrice Evra.
Louis Van Gaal will start his Manchester United career with only one objective in mind, according to former Ajax and Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert, who believes the former Holland manager is determined to win the title in his inaugural season.
The 62-year-old took charge of his first training session yesterday and will be officially unveiled today as Manchester United manager and Kuivert, who was Van Gaal’s assistant with Holland, believes the Dutchman has set his sights firmly on finishing top of the league at the end of the season.
Louis Van Gaal could axe between six and 10 players in his first month at Manchester United, with the Dutchman determined to strip his squad ahead of the upcoming season by offloading players he deems to be surplus to requirements.
Van Gaal introduced himself to the squad yesterday, took charge of his first training session in the afternoon and will officially be unveiled as new Manchester United manager today but, even though he hasn’t seen all of his players in action, the 62-year-old has already been active behind the scenes.
Louis Van Gaal wants his Manchester United to resemble the Holland squad he steered to third place at the World Cup and the Dutchman has expressed his desire for United players to be “singing from the same hymn sheet”.
After a successful World Cup, Van Gaal will officially be unveiled as Manchester United manager this week, before flying out to the US for United’s summer tour – unlike Robin Van Persie, who will miss the North American tour after having been given three weeks off – when the job of rebuilding the squad that collapsed under David Moyes will begin in its earnest.
Adidas will replace Nike as Manchester United’s kit manufacturer from the start of the 2015-16 season, after United clinched a deal with the German company worth a staggering £70m-a-year, more than double the amount United currently pocket from Nike.
The deal, which should be officially announced on Monday afternoon, will bring an end to United’s 13-year long partnership with Nike, much to relief of a lot of fans who have grown increasingly disillusioned with the American manufacturer’s inability to produce a good looking kit for the Reds.
Phil Neville and Nicky Butt will discover whether they’re part of Louis Van Gaal’s plans or not over by the end of next week, once the Dutch manager officially takes over at Manchester United after his World Cup campaign with Holland.
Neville returned to Old Trafford last season as part of David Moyes’ coaching staff and continued to work alongside interim manager Ryan Giggs even after Moyes was sacked in April, but with Van Gaal bringing in three new coaches - Frans Hoek, Marcel Bout and Albert Stuivenberg – and Giggs promoted to assistant manager, Neville’s future remains unclear.
Ryan Giggs has insisted Louis Van Gaal will not be “scared” by the size of the job awaiting him at Manchester United and he expects the Dutchman to be relishing the challenge at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal is a hugely experienced coach, having won titles at Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar and Giggs was adamant the Holland manager knows exactly what he’ll be expected of him at United but his experience at big clubs ensures he won’t be fazed by the task ahead of him.
The American company have supplied the Old Trafford club since 2002 when they replaced Umbro in a lucrative deal which has cost Nike around £24million a season.
Although some reports at the weekend suggested a new record-breaking deal was set to be concluded, Nike revealed on Tuesday that they had opted to walk away from negotiations, claiming United were demanding too much money.