The Complete List of Man Utd’s Player Arrivals and Departures Under Van Gaal

The end of the Ferguson era was always going to be a massive and difficult transition, particularly as he bequeathed the club an aging squad that had been undeniably neglected in a few key areas for quite some time. Moyes brought in Fellaini and Mata for big money, and released a handful of youngsters, but his major overhaul was in the backroom department.

By contrast, Van Gaal has been relentless in his transformation of the team – a colossal clear-out has taken place over recent transfer windows, whilst some major repair work has been done on the midfield, and to a lesser extent, the defence.

As we head into the first game of the 2015/16 season, we’ve compiled the full list of players out and players in under Louis Van Gaal.

Departures 2014/15

Player Club Transfer sum
Danny Welbeck Arsenal FC £14.00m
Shinji Kagawa Bor. Dortmund £5.60m
Alexander Büttner Dinamo Moscow £3.85m
Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace £2.68m
Bebé Benfica £2.10m
Michael Keane Burnley FC £1.79m
Patrice Evra Juventus £1.05m
Tom Lawrence Leicester City £882k
Sam Byrne Everton Free transfer
Jack Rudge Halesowen Free transfer
Louis Rowley Leicester City Free transfer
Davide Petrucci CFR Cluj Free transfer
Pierluigi Gollini Hellas Verona Free transfer
Federico Macheda Cardiff Free transfer
Jack Barmby Leicester City Free transfer
Anderson Internacional Free transfer
Darren Fletcher West Brom Free transfer
Nemanja Vidic‎ Inter Free transfer
Rio Ferdinand QPR Free transfer
Marnick Vermijl Sheff Wed ?
Jonathan Sutherland Unattached
Ryan Giggs End of career

Arrivals 2014/15

Player Club Transfer sum
Ángel Di María Real Madrid £52.50m
Luke Shaw Southampton FC £26.25m
Ander Herrera Athletic Bilbao £25.20m
Marcos Rojo Sporting CP £14.00m
Daley Blind Ajax Amsterdam £12.25m
Falcao AS Monaco Loan fee: £5.32m
Vanja Milinković-Savić FK Vojvodina £1.23m
Sadiq El Fitouri Salford City ?
Víctor Valdés Unattached

Departures 2015/16

Player Club Transfer sum
Nani Fenerbahce SK £4.20m
Robin van Persie Fenerbahce SK £3.85m
Rafael Olympique Lyon £2.10m
Ángelo Henríquez GNK Dinamo Zagreb £1.17m
Tom Cleverley Everton FC Free transfer
Tom Thorpe Rotherham United Free transfer
Ben Amos Bolton Wanderers Free transfer
Saidy Janko Celtic FC ?
Reece James Wigan Athletic ?

Arrivals 2015/16

Player Club Transfer sum
Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton FC £24.50m
Memphis Depay PSV Eindhoven £19.25m
Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munich £12.60m
Matteo Darmian Torino FC £12.60m
Sergio Romero UC Sampdoria Free transfer

All data from

Total Players Out & In

A total of 31 players have permanently left the club since Van Gaal took over as manager. We have generated £43.27m in transfer fees from these deals.

During the same period, 14 players have joined the club (12 excluding Falcao and Di Maria), at a total cost of £205.7m.

The departures of Van Persie, Falcao and Nani alone cleared £30m off the club’s wage bill – if Di Maria’s move to PSG is confirmed, that will be another £14m off the annual expenses sheet.

We currently have just 3 players out on loan – Joe Rothwell and Ben Pearson at Barnsley, and Will Keane at Preston North End.

Is Van Gaal’s United Overhaul Complete?

With 26 days of the transfer window left, there could still be some major ins and outs. Pedro and Cillessen in, De Gea out, seem like the most likely deals right now, but there could yet be some surprises afoot. We will update this page when the transfer window ends, but for now, you can keep up with all the latest Man Utd transfer rumours here.