Manchester United set to buy striker in January window
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Louis van Gaal has not ruled out a January swoop for a striker if Manchester United’s strikers continue to misfire.
The Reds have only scored 22 goals from 19 Premier League matches this campaign and they’ve been involved in seven goal-less stalemates in the three competitions in which they have played.
Van Gaal has blamed misfortune for the goal dip but has admitted that the January transfer window could provide an answer.
“It can be solved with money but also on the training pitch. We are training but scoring goals is a quality,” said Van Gaal at his media briefing on Wednesday.
“We have that quality but at this moment there is a lack of confidence at the right time or we need to buy another striker. It is always like that.
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“We need the luck of a striker. There are several players who played in the striker’s position. They need luck. How many players have had the chances to score and why they didn’t score? You cannot always explain that.
“Of course, we are looking always for solutions in the team. But we still have a good team and we can still score goals. I am convinced of that. But we also need a little bit of luck.”
Van Gaal put his faith in senior pair Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial this season after deciding to offload a quartet of strikers in Robin van Persie (to Fenerbahce), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen), Radamel Falcao (Chelsea) and James Wilson (on loan to Brighton).
Rooney and Martial have scored seven goals apiece, although only two of the England captain’s have come in the Premier League.
Van Gaal has explained that his logic for trimming the striker department was to instil confidence in Rooney and Martial.
“If we had kept all the strikers the pressure then comes from the other strikers and who is playing, who is sitting on the bench and who is sitting in the tribune,” he added.
“Then you have a lot of pressure more for the strikers’ position. Now I have given confidence to the players to play there.
“We could have kept all the strikers but then there would have been a lot of strikers in the tribune (stands). They are not happy then. They want to go away. It is the story of Hernandez for example. He wants to play. I can imagine that he can’t always play in this world.
“I don’t believe too much in competition. I believe in trust and confidence. Maybe that is wrong but I have done it all my life as a manager. I give trust to the players.
“Too many strikers of high quality for the same position is too much pressure but now I don’t have the chance to change. Maybe you are right (that it was a mistake to let too many go) but that you cannot see that in advance.”