“We still have a month to go and we are winning. Maybe we don’t need other players.”
Those were the words of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal in regards to this summer’s transfer window and his new club’s impressive start to life under the Dutch boss.
But any fan who believes van Gaal will not have added to the United squad by September should think again.
Because in truth, van Gaal’s latest comments should be taken with a sizeable pinch of salt.
They are after all the comments of a manager who knows he has a huge job to do not only to get United back into the higher echelons both domestically and in Europe, but to do so when facing the challenge of a number of clubs who have significantly strengthened already this summer.
Arsenal and Chelsea are the two best examples, both sides adding considerable quality to squads that were already impressive.
Then there is Manchester City, who may have been relatively quiet in the transfer window to date but are strengthening in all the right places; while Liverpool may have lost Luis Suarez, but have pulled off some great recent coups – most notably the signings of Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.
Van Gaal will know exactly where United need strengthening – in central defence and central midfield – and he will be working hard behind the scenes to ensure the right players are brought in.
Of course he will not buy simply for the sake of it, and many are suggesting that his primary target is a player who may not be available until January at the earliest in the form of Kevin Strootman, but van Gaal knows exactly what he is doing.
Outwardly there is no show of desperation, no suggestion that the players he inherited are not enough. That comes from years of experience, and it is just one of the reasons why it appears United now have the man to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.