Any Manchester United fans expecting more than four or five signings this summer shouldn't get their hopes up.
Any Manchester United fans who are expecting waves of top profile transfers from Louis van Gaal this summer are likely to be disappointed.
United’s new boss has reportedly already commissioned the club to go after some of his first choice targets but the Daily Mail has suggested that the departures are likely to exceed the arrivals.
Rather than be a major worry for the club, it’s actually potentially exciting with LvG likely to give younger players and academy stars the squad positions created if more players leave than arrive.
“In his conversations with Giggs he is known to have asked about the state of the club’s academy and the identities of those ready to make an impact on the first team,” reports the Mail.
Giggs is arguably the best person connected to United to be able to provide that information to van Gaal and perhaps the savvy Dutchman noted Giggs’ team selection while he was in charge as interim manager.
Giggs handed full first team debuts to James Wilson and Tom Lawrence at the end of last season, when other bosses may have given more experienced stars one last chance to prove they had a future playing for United.
That team selection paid off against Norwich City and it’s also a clear indication that Giggs is well aware of the sort of youth prospects currently available to the club.
If he gives the academy a glowing report than it’s likely to make LvG less pressured in terms of the number of players he has to bring in.
The new boss could well pull the trigger on several players who were deemed simply not good enough last season, opting to use the academy stars for lower profile matches or periods where United have a long injury list.
It will allow LvG to create an identity attached to this current United side and while it’s a risk, it’s paid dividends at clubs like Liverpool where younger players have now turned themselves into some of the Premier League’s best talent e.g. Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan.
Van Gaal has a big pot of cash to spend and if he’s going to get some of the targets being mentioned e.g. Fabregas, Strootman or Kroos among others, then he needs to utilise that cash effectively, not spread it out to cover other unnecessary signings.
Bear in mind this is a man who called up 16 home grown players for his Netherlands World Cup squad. If Giggs’ report of the academy was positive, several youngsters could get their debuts next season.