Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has praised new boss Louis van Gaal’s handling of the media when it comes to the matter of potential arrivals.
With Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw the sole signings thus far for a combined £56 million, speculation has persisted over the past few weeks about who the Dutchman is planning to bring in next.
However, van Gaal has stated that he has been impressed with his current squad, going as far as to suggest that he might not need more additions and, although Schmeichel doesn’t believe that will hold true, the former United goalkeeper thinks it was a smart tactic on the manager’s part.
"He came out in the media the other day saying he might not need more players because, by saying he needs four players for example, he’s going to put himself and the team under more pressure," he told Sky Sports News.
"I think the team will already be under a little bit more pressure for this Premier League start so saying that what he’s got is good enough, that’s clever. But I think managers always like to add a little bit to their squad and we’ve still got time to go before the transfer window closes, so I think maybe two players will come in, but it’s just guessing."
Van Gaal has had a successful pre-season at the helm so far, beating rivals Liverpool 3-1 to win the International Champions Cup, after previous victories over Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, but Schmeichel is keen to temper expectations until the club can prove in meaningful games that last season’s disastrous form is a thing of the past.
"Pre-season is one thing. It’s when we start the Premier League. That’s when it counts," he added. "I think we’re still hurting a bit from last season. The team didn’t play well. The players didn’t perform well. It was very unfortunate for David Moyes the way that things panned out.
"I don’t think Manchester United are a club who really like to sack a manager after 10 months so I think there’s a lot of hurt still going on at the club, but hopefully we can put that right by making a good start and, who knows, maybe contend for the championship again."
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