Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will reportedly ask the club to start selling players by the end of the week.
The Daily Mail claims Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will give executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward a list of players he wants the club to sell by the end of the week.
United’s Dutch boss always claimed that he would be using the pre-season tour of the USA as a guide to judge his first team stars before making decisions on how to buy and sell over the rest of the transfer window.
“Guided by the intelligence he received from his Dutch coaches Albert Stuivenberg and Marcel Bout at Carrington while he was away at the World Cup, and convinced by what he has seen here in the US, Van Gaal has wasted no time drawing up a list of the players he wants to keep and those he does not,” reports the Mail.
“It will be presented to United chief executive Ed Woodward later this week, when plans will be put in place to get those who have failed to make the grade out of the door as soon as possible.”
There were thought to be several players under extreme pressure at the club heading into the tour of the USA, but there have been some notable performances over the last couple of weeks.
For example, Ashley Young would have been staring at the exit door before the tour but has produced some consistent performances, which should have convinced LvG that he still has a future at the club.
Wilfried Zaha also seems to have given the boss a problem, working hard when he was given a chance in the pre-season games and he could be retained and used as an impact player over the coming season.
There has also been an opportunity for several of the club’s younger players to step up and suggest they can do a job in the first team when van Gaal may have been thinking about commissioning several loan deals.
There are still two positions van Gaal needs to make big calls over with a centre-back and a holding midfielder needed in the first team squad and if he wields the axe, it could be a sign he’s going after some big name transfers.