The new Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, has claimed that he approved both the signings of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera before officially being unveiled as the new manager.
Shaw and Herrera are Man United’s only summer signings so far and both cost a considerable amount of money, with the young Englishman costing around £34 million.
Both players have been on Man United’s radar for many months, with former manager David Moyes identifying them a while ago. Moyes attempted to sign Herrera from Athletic Bilbao last summer but Ed Woodward failed to secure his signature which left the league champions, at the time, turning to Everton and Marouane Fellaini for £28 million.
Fellaini was a terrible signing as Moyes used him incorrectly in midfield to the way he did at Everton. The Belgian was used as a target man at Goodison Park and supplied the attack well, but at United, Moyes played him much deeper where he could not affect games at all.
Van Gaal, after being confirmed as Moyes’ replacement prior to the World Cup, was given a list of targets. The Dutchman agreed that the club should pursue both Shaw and Herrera, and they delivered for their new man.
“I know the players but I have not trained and coached them,” said Van Gaal at his opening press conference.
“It will take three or four weeks to see what they can do before we buy other players.
“Shaw and Herrera were already on the list and I approved them because I liked them.”
Shaw created 33 chances in 35 Premier League games last season.