Former Chelsea boss highlights United manager van Gaal's big problem

Louis van Gaal's responsibility at the World Cup may prevent him completing early, vital, transfer business for Manchester United.

Well traveled 57-year-old Ray Wilkins, who had stints at Chelsea as a player, assistant manager and caretaker manager, believes Louis van Gaal has a tough juggling act on his hands over the coming month.

Recently confirmed as the full-time Manchester United manager, van Gaal, 62, also has a responsibility with the Netherlands national team, who are 28/1 to lift the FIFA World Cup trophy in Brazil when the competition begins on Thursday, June 12.

"He's obviously a man of great experience and he has managed some big clubs, so he comes with a great pedigree," said Wilkins to Sky Sports. "I have no qualms whatsoever that he will do a good job at Old Trafford."

The appointment of van Gaal should not mask over the problems at Stretford, though, and the club, even one year ago, showed signs of being a fading force should a period of aggressive recruitment in the transfer windows fail to materialise.

The acquisition of Juan Mata in January showed intent, however, the club are still "five or six players" away from returning to the head of the division.

United have been linked with a lot of quality talent already, including Arjen Robben, Mats Hummels and Luke Shaw, however, Wilkins believes the recruitment policy should have begun already and that, even though players cannot be transferred yet, there should be deals already in place - or at least on the horizon.

"The big problem they have is that the recruitment of big players should have started already," commented Wilkins. "Van Gaal has a massive task on his hands in taking Holland to the World Cup and it's going to be difficult for him to hold the two things down for now. [United] need five or six players and we have already heard there will be numerous players leaving Old Trafford.

"It is very important those players are brought into the club because at the moment they won't be able to cope in the Premier League with the players they have. They need new blood."

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