Louis van Gaal may have been a little loose tongued during the end of season awards ceremony at Manchester United, but that did give us a great insight into how much more change he is planning, in terms of playing staff, over the summer.
He was asked about his transfer plans for Manchester United this close season and The Guardian reports:
While the Dutchman said there could be many incomings, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao, Ángel Di María, Rafael da Silva and Anders Lindegaard are among those who may depart while Adnan Januzaj could be loaned out. “It shall be a rough summer for some of the players but I think a club like Manchester United has to be like that,” he said.
Van Gaal expects it to be a busy close season in the transfer market. “Of course it’s always like that. I don’t think you have to keep the whole selection – when you purchase others players you get another stimulus also,” he said, pointing to how competition should increase overall quality within the squad.
So who is in and who is out? We look at the prime contenders for a move, those at risk of leaving permanently or on loan, and the players who we feel are in the sights of Manchester United.
We do feel that, despite the decent performances of players like Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Ashley Young among others in Manchester United’s mini-revival which saw them gain a top four place, there will be at least one surprise departure over the summer months. Van Gaal used what he had to the best of his ability this season. But his preferred style of play isn’t necessarily suited to many of his squad and we could see as many as a dozen leave the club and 6 more arrive this summer.