Watch this space: Manchester United’s Woodward ‘willing to invest’ as Van Gaal looks to strengthen squad

Manchester United fans have been told to ‘watch this space’ as they can expect to see more summer signings, according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

United have already signed Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera in the transfer window and will be looking to further bolster their squad before the new Premier League season starts.

New manager Louis van Gaal has now joined up with the squad for the Reds’ pre-season tour of the US and Woodward has assured him that there are no financial constraints in place.

“We’ve been working with Louis over several weeks with regards to targets and we’re continuing to move forward on some of those targets,” Woodward told MUTV.

“We are still a huge attraction to top football stars around the world – there is no doubt about that. I hope [fans] will see the direction we’re heading in with the new manager, coaching staff and players, and a commitment to do what it takes to get back to the top.

“We are willing to invest. There is no fixed budget. Financially we are extremely strong and funds are available. Louis is assessing what’s going on and there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes, so watch this space.”

Van Gaal will take charge of his first United game against LA Galaxy this Thursday after taking Holland to a third-place finish in the World Cup.

He will then face Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid before travelling back to England and facing Valencia in his first game at Old Trafford.

And Woodward is certain that the Dutchman will be making a number of changes before the first game of the Premier League season, including dropping some big names.

Asked if he thought other players could be leaving Old Trafford, Woodward said: “Yes, I think so. The manager makes that decision. A few players have already gone and there may well be a few others.

“It’s also worth commenting that we’re not in Europe this year, so there are fewer games and Louis may take the view that he wants a tighter squad to bed in.”

One player looking to impress will be Wayne Rooney, who after a below-average season last year will want to prove he is worth his £300,000-a-week contract.

“We all have to go out and show what we can do,” Rooney told The Sun.

“We have to show him every day in training what different qualities we have got as players and a team.

“Everyone wants to impress the new manager so that is what we are all aiming to do.”

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