Report: Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward discuss Manchester United transfer targets ahead of next season

Van Gaal's position has come under some pressure this season.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, along with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward have begun discussing transfer targets for the summer, according to a report from Goal.

The future of van Gaal has been under the microscope for quite some time at Old Trafford with United currently languishing in sixth in the Premier League, facing an uphill struggle to turn around a two-goal Europa League deficit against Liverpool tomorrow night, and face a replay away to West Ham United to make it through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

This will come as a surprise to many given that United look unlikely to finish in the Champions League places - with United currently trailing fourth-place Manchester City by four points ahead of their meeting at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Some may look to the circumstances of when van Gaal's predecessor, David Moyes, was fired when it was impossible for United to achieve Champions League qualification, therefore making it seen it was a minimum requirement for the club. 

As for the transfer record at the club, it has been mixed. Angel Di Maria was signed from Real Madrid for around £60 million but was sold to Paris Saint Germain, and has flourished with them since, while the signing of Radamel Falcao didn't work out.

Anthony Martial has been an expensive signing but is also very young and could be a promising prospect, Morgan Schneiderlin does an effective job in midfield for the side while Bastian Schweinsteiger has perhaps not lived up to his billing. Daley Blind has become a player who is handy in most positions and is clearly one his manager trusts.

They are only one a few examples, there are of course Luke Shaw - who looks as if he's been sorely missed this season though injury - and the popular Ander Herrera. All of these players have come with an outlay exceeding £200 million.

If he does survive in the job in the summer, it looks as if his transfer record will have to improve, meaning the players that come in need to have an immediate effect on the side for them to kick on.

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