All eyes were on Louis van Gaal on Thursday afternoon as the Manchester United manager finally addressed the media in that role after completing his duties as Netherlands coach.
And he did not disappoint, with some interesting comments about the current squad, his aspirations for the season to come and his thoughts on who will take over as captain.
When asked about the possibility of more new faces arriving this summer, van Gaal said, “I want to look at the players present. So first I will see the first three, four weeks what they can do. And then maybe I buy other players.”
In reference to the two players who have already arrived at United this summer, van Gaal said, “And the players that we have now – Shaw and Herrera were already on that list.”
That implies that the new boss sanctioned those moves despite the club being linked with them for some time prior to his appointment. But at the same time the news was not great for those fans hoping for more quick-fire arrivals.
It had been reported that van Gaal would try to get more business done before the club travelled to the USA for their pre-season tour. But his quotes instead suggested that he would wait to see what he already has at his disposal before dipping back into the transfer market.
Of course that could simply be a poker face of sorts, with United in desperate need of at least one more central midfielder, extra strength on the wings and one if not two new centre-backs.
But if he knew what was coming, van Gaal kept it to himself; a canny move that displayed he intended to put his faith in the players he already had, to see what they can do, even if there will almost certainly be new faces before the summer window slams shut.
But the suggestion that he will bide his time, that he will not be rushed into quick decisions, also came through when he was asked who would be the next captain of the club.
“For me the captain’s role is very important and therefore I need time,” he said.
“Quick decisions are not always good so I use my time as a captain for me is very, very important.”
As will everything else be as the former Holland coach takes on arguably the biggest job of his career.