Louis Van Gaal
Van Gaal will be looking to turn things around at Manchester United this season.Reuters

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists that the Red Devils will be bringing more players this summer as new boss Louis van Gaal looks to turn things around at Old Trafford.

Woodward, who was heavily criticised for failing to do much business in the transfer market last summer, as well as paying over the odds for Belgian flop Marouane Fellaini, is, this time keen to prove himself and get more talent at Old Trafford, having already brought in Luke Shaw (Southampton) and Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao) for a combined fee of around £56 million.

United are reportedly still eager to sign Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal even though the Italian champions' chief executive officer Giuseppe Marotta put an end to all speculations, insisting that the Chilean was a "Juventus player" and the Old Lady would "never put him up for sale".

The Red Devils received a similar response from Dutch side Feyenoord, who also insisted that their midfielder Jordy Clasie was not for sale.

Still Woodward, who feels that the name of Manchester United still attracts a lot of players, insists that the fans can expect more signings this summer.

"We've been working with Louis [van Gaal] 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."

Despite having finished seventh in the Premier league last season, the 42-year-old claims that the Red Devils are still "extremely strong" in the financial sense, and are "willing to invest" on more talent this summer.

"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," he added.

Woodward also revealed that some of the players in the squad may leave to make room for new players this summer. However, he admits the decision solely lies in the hands of Louis van Gaal.

"The manager makes that decision. A few players have already gone and there may well be a few others. If you do the analysis over the last year, Liverpool performed extremely well with a smaller number of players, but that's a decision for the manager," the executive vice-chairman said.

Finally Woodward says that Manchester United's number one priority this season is to get back into the Champions League.

"We're a club that absolutely should be in the Champions League. That's what our fans want, that's what our players want and that's what every member of staff wants," he added.

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