Pleasingly, despite Ryan Giggs overseeing a comprehensive smashing of a Championship-level side on Saturday, Louis van Gaal still looks set to take over at Manchester United this summer. The Mirror are this weekend reporting four names that the Dutchman would like to bring to Old Trafford upon his arrival, with Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels apparently his number one target.
Also on the list, which has supposedly been handed to Ed Woodward, is AS Roma midfielder and van Gaal's compatriot Kevin Strootman, who's currently sidelined with a serious knee injury. However, there's no doubt that at full fitness he's one of the best central midfield all-rounders in the world, and would be exactly the kind of player we could do with bringing in.
Hummels' Dortmund teammate, winger Marco Reus, is the third name, reinforcing the belief that van Gaal would like to sign a more classic winger to fit his 4-3-3 than pushing one of Shinji Kagawa or Juan Mata out wide. United's long-term target Toni Kroos is the fourth and final name, with the reports the Bayern Munich midfielder is unhappy at the Allianz Arena refusing to disappear.
Of course, it's unlikely we'll land all of these targets. But if we did, it'd immediately transform us into perhaps the strongest side in the entire division. David Moyes may have made the mistake of aiming too low when it came to potential signings, and it's not one van Gaal looks set to repeat.