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Louis Van Gaal delights his fans with a confirmed January signing

Manchester United have gone through an extensive squad overhauling under Louis Van Gaal, which has seen the squad get trimmed to only 24 players for now. Unsurprisingly, Van Gaal is a bit concerned about the squad size and admitted that he is one player short going in to deep end of the season. Speaking ahead of the Manchester Derby, United manager confirmed his intention of adding one player during the January transfer window.

Van Gaal said: “No it is not otherwise I would have had a bigger squad,” says Van Gaal.“I believe in smaller squads because you need perspective otherwise the motivation is a doubt.

“I have always preferred small selections (squads). I think I have the smallest selection in the Premier League. Last season we had 24 players.

“We sold 15 players and bought five players. This year we have sold again or have loaned players out. Ten players have gone and only six players have been bought. I think 22 players and three goalkeepers is enough so I am still one short.”

One of the biggest reasons for United’s growing squad concerns is the injuries they have suffered last season and this one. Although, the situation has got better in recent weeks, Luke Shaw continues to be a long-term absentee. Apart from Shaw, Van Gaal has taken the blame for his players’ injuries as he has been training the players very fiercely.

Van Gaal is convinced that the players are getting used to his methods and will soon embrace the hard training regime that he likes to operate in. United get ready to take on Manchester City this weekend, which will decide Manchester United’s title credentials this season.

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