Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal met the press ahead of United’s match with AS Roma in Denver tonight, and the 62-year old kept his cards relatively close to his chest. However he did let a couple of things slip, including possible starters for the game tonight, and a transfer interest in Kevin Strootman.
Van Gaal said that both Tyler Blackett and Tom Cleverley will complete the full 90 minutes in the game later, however Rafael will miss out due to picking up an injury i training.
Onto more interesting matters though, and the new manager said that although he won’t talk about other clubs’ players, he dropped a big hint about potential interest in Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman.
Van Gaal said: “I never say anything about individual players. It is my vision that we talk about a team and not individual players.
“Strootman I can judge, but he is injured for more than six months. We have to wait and see how he comes back.
“It is not easy to say how he comes back from injury, but we will wait and see.”
The line ‘we’ll have to wait and see’ suggests that Van Gaal is interested in Strootman, but is wary about purchasing him this summer due to a lengthy lay-off – suggesting that a January move is looking more likely.
Kevin Strootman is a Louis van Gaal player. So much so that when Strootman picked up his disastrous injury that kept him out of the World Cup, it forced Louis van Gaal to move to a back five as Strootman wasn’t there to protect the defence.
Having only moved to Roma last summer, he’d certainly cost a pretty penny. However Louis van Gaal knows him and his playing style well, and he’d certainly give our defence that protection they desperately need.
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