Louis van Gaal
van Gaal has a list of targets prepared.GettyImages

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed he has given the club a list of transfer targets ahead of the new season but has refused to confirm whether Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman is among them.

Van Gaal was appointed as United boss on Monday and reports have suggested that Strootman is among the list of targets the Dutch boss has already handed to the club's hierarchy.

And while the 62 year old has confirmed such a list exists, Van Gaal has refrained from confirming whether Roma midfielder Strootman – who was omitted from the Netherlands World Cup squad due to injury – is a target.

"Success at United doesn't depend on money, but about which players we bring in," he told NOS. "I gave my wishlist to the club. Is Kevin Strootman on it? A question for you, a fact for me."

Strootman saw his debut season at Roma cut short by a knee injury, which sees him left out of Van Gaal's Netherlands squad for Brazil.

Van Gaal's reputation as one of the most successful managers in Europe and raised expectation he could return United to their former glory.

And the Netherlands coach is confident he can make the transition from his current internationals commitments to the Old Trafford club this summer.

"It's not hard at all to make the switch from United to Oranje," he added. "For a manager it's totally different then for a player.

"A player needs to focus on one thing to be successful, while a coach is thinking about the whole process. Otherwise I couldn't do interviews like this any more and that's just ridiculous.

"In October I said that I wanted to work in the Premier League. But I couldn't expect that I would work for the biggest club in the world.

"Barcelona is maybe the best club in the world and Bayern Munich is the best organised club in the world. But Manchester made a very professional impression on me. I've got high expectations.

"Of course I have ambition to become World Champions with Oranje. I'm not going to Brazil just to take part of the World Cup, I'm trying to win it. That's why we're looking for a system that makes us unbeatable."