Friday, 29th August, 2014

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has insisted he will leave the negotiating of transfers firmly in the hands of the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

The club recently pulled off a coup by signing Angel di Maria from Real Madrid, but Woodward has often been criticised for a lack of competence in transfer matters, dating back to last summer, when the Red Devils were widely seen as having had a disastrous summer.

But Van Gaal, who is aiming to add further players to his squad before the transfer window slams shut, is happy to leave matters in Woodward's hands.

"I don't know about transfers between now and Monday because I am not the one who can choose", he told a press conference, via his club's feed.


"I give my opinion and the player can do what he wants with that opinion.


"Of course I shall say which players I want and which are better to leave and Ed is doing the transfer market. I don't interfere in that process."

Van Gaal is thought to be in the market for a new defender and midfielder before the transfer window slams shut on Monday evening, while several players could be sold.

He has so far this summer snapped up Marcos Rojo and Di Maria, while Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera were signed before his official arrival.

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