Speaking before United’s trip to Villa Park tomorrow night, the United manager stressed the need for his side to negotiate the opening games of the season to ensure the new arrivals had time to understand the dynamics of the new club.
“You have to survive the start always,” he said.
“You have new players, a new team, a new team process, the team dynamics are different, so every club and every team has to sustain this period because nobody is 100% fit and they have to play.
“I think that we have to pay attention to it and develop, but it cannot cost as many points as last year and that is our main objective.”
The United manager confirmed that Adnan Januzaj will not leave the club, dismissing rumours surrounding the Belgian’s future, while Javier Hernandez is likely to remain at Old Trafford this summer.
“The striker is Rooney and Chicharito is the second striker, he knows that,” he said.
However, he didn’t rule out the possibility of further additions up front.
“We are always looking to improve the squad. We will only buy to improve,” added Van Gaal.