Louis Van Gaal is looking to reduce his playing staff during the winter transfer window so that he can bring in the players he wants.
The Bayern Munich coach feels his squad is too large and does not offer enough competition for places.
“I said in my first press conference that I did not want 25 or 26 men in my squad,” he said.
“That does not satisfy the perspective of those players who are from 18 to 26 and that reduces motivation.
“Therefore, we have got to get rid of players first.”
Van Gaal also pointed out that he was determined to put his own mark on the squad: “I am going to be the one to select the squad after this season.
“Maybe I will do that in winter too. Maybe then other players would come and things would perhaps work quicker.”
Meanwhile Van Gaal, who managed the Dutch national side from 2000 to 2002, admitted that he would like to conclude his career with another crack at international management.
“I have the desire to be on top of a country side before the end of my career and take part at a big international tournament,” he stated.
“This experience is something I am still lacking in my career thus far. Being part of the UEFA Euro 2012 would probably be a great finish to my coaching life.”