Louis Van Gaal came into the club with high expectations, and so far he has only delivered one target for the club, and that is to place them again in the race to Champions League glory. But as we all know, there have been complications such as injuries, transfers going wrong, and players not living up to the challenge, which is why Van Gaal is keen on completing the puzzle as soon as possible.
In this transfer window, the Ramos and De Gea transfer speculations have been a headache for plenty, including Van Gaal himself, but that’s not our concern at the moment, the league is 10 days away, so if transfer aren’t coming in, perhaps some preparations to play the games are more needed right now.
Van Gaal‘s first approach to this situation could be handing in Adnan Januzaj a new role on the pitch, the player has revealed that he will play as a central striker this season in order to revitalize his Old Trafford career.
The 20-year-old broke through into the first team two years ago, but struggled in Louis van Gaal‘s first season as he failed to score a goal.
However, Van Gaal has trusted the Belgian youngster to play down the middle as a backup to Wayne Rooney and Januzaj believes that the move is already working.
He said at a press conference: “We decided to do it because this season we have to do better than last season. Last season, I didn’t have many games but this year I have to be fit and get as many games as I can.
“It was our own decision because I wanted to work hard and achieve something this season. I think it has helped already as I feel I am getting stronger.”
Januzaj scored when United beat Barcelona in a pre-season friendly.
Van Gaal seems to also be very fond of left back Luke Shaw, who didn’t have the best of debut seasons due to injuries, but it seems like the Dutch manager thinks highly of him due to what he’s seen in training.
Van Gaal said “Luke Shaw is a big talent. He’s very young so it’s not so easy for him to come from Southampton to as big a club as Manchester United.”
“I think that it shall be the season of Luke Shaw. I believe in him and he has to feel that and I hope he shall show it.”
In other news, United fans would be proud to know that Blind could have been an Arsenal player when he was 16 if he had accepted a contract.
The former Ajax star ended up staying in Holland, despite the fact he could have earned a lot more money at the Emirates.
“They also offered me an incredible contract, especially for a boy of my age. Ajax offered me a contract too at the same time,” Blind told the Daily Mirror.
“The money was nowhere near what I could earn at Arsenal. My dad left it up to me and I decided to stay at Ajax.”