Van Gaal confirms United's market plans: We hope to buy & hope to sell

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Manchester United's boss gives indication club will be big players in the upcoming summer transfer market.

Manchester United began courting Louis van Gaal immediately after terminating the contract of erstwhile boss David Moyes, the former Ajax don confirmed on Dutch national television last night, Monday, and one of the focal topics of conversation regarding his own installment surrounded not the subject of money or transfer funds but, rather, recruitment and the players van Gaal would like to bring to Old Trafford.

On the appointment of the 62-year-old, United chief executive Ed Woodward spoke of their new manager's proven track record, his "larger than life" character, his "intelligence, thoughtful approach and diligence". Woodward concluded, as per the club's official website: "I'm looking forward to working with him."

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Indeed, the two will undoubtedly be working closely together throughout the summer, most likely on summer acquisitions.

United finished the Premier League season in an underwhelming seventh position and will be hoping to bounce straight back into the top four in the 2014-15 campaign as they will be unencumbered by midweek Champions League football.

The squad, though, still needs an injection of quality and quantity.

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Addressing the matter, van Gaal reportedly said on RTL Late Night: "We don't talk about money. We talk about the players I want. We'll have to see if we can get them - we also talked about who can go.

"The aim is to bring [the club] back to the number one position as soon as possible - because that's where they were under Sir Alex Ferguson, a man I'll undoubtedly have a drink with as we've done that before."

United have been linked with making moves for a number of renowned stars in world football, including Bayern attacker Arjen Robben, Germany icon Thomas Muller, Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels and Southampton wonderkid Luke Shaw.

Players linked with transfers away from the club include Patrice Evra, Nani, Will Keane and Nick Powell.

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