Wilkins: Van Gaal needs to copy Jose Mourinho's transfers

Louis Van Gaal

Former Chelsea assistant believes Manchester United's new boss needs to think big in the transfer market.

Louis van Gaal met the press yesterday for the first time as Manchester United boss, and was quizzed on transfers almost immediately.

Van Gaal told reporters that the signing of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera were simply acquisitions he rubber-stamped, having been in the pipeline already.

The Dutchman said he intended to take a good look at his squad, and decide which players are, and are not up to the task, and then move to bring in new players accordingly.

Former United player and ex-Chelsea assistant boss Ray Wilkins believes there is big work to be done, and the new additions are not game-changers so far, arguing it is Chelsea who Van Gaal needs to look at, to try to emulate their transfer business.

He told SkySports, when discussing Shaw and Herrera he said: "It's potential. If you look at the difference with Jose, he has brought in players who are established and (have) already won."

Shaw and Herrera are yet to win club honours in their careers, whereas Chelsea's major acquisitions of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa can count league titles in their collection.

The former Southampton left-back however, is only 19 and has played at the World Cup, while Herrera is a Europa League finalist and has won the European Championship with Spain's under-21 side previously.

Wilkins is right however that United need proven winners, certainly to lead the defence with Vidic and Ferdinand now departed.

That is why the likes of Mats Hummels are being targeted, and in central midfield, Arturo Vidal.

The problem for Van Gaal is identifying the players and bringing them in quickly. While Jose Mourinho has made it look easy this summer, 12 months ago it was less so for the manager.

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