Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has announced he will not rush into transfers for the sake of it. The Dutch coach has implemented a 3-4-1-2 formation in his brief time at the club, similar to what brought him a 3rd place finish with the Netherlands in the World Cup.
“I have to choose this system” he said.
“I don’t buy players for buying players. I buy players to improve my selection.”
While the formation may exploit the potential of a Mata-Rooney-van Persie triangle, there are still major questions asked of the midfield and defence. United only have three first team centre-backs on their books, and with Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner having departed the club, their full back areas are scarcely thing as well.
Even with their fire power up front, it remains to be seen whether the trio can click, or if they will stretch the play without any real pace up front.
Van Gaal will need to get every signing right in the coming weeks before the transfer window ends, but without Champions League football they will have to look away from the superstars of world football.