Man United need to buy another striker: Van Gaal

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Manchester, Jan 2 (IANS) Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on Saturday said it needs to buy another striker to end the goal drought of the English football club.

United’s last 25 Premier League fixtures have seen them scoring just 25 goals.

“That is our problem. It can be solved with money but also on the training pitch. We are training but scoring goals is a quality. We have that quality but at this moment there is a lack of confidence at the right time, (so we continue to work) or we need to buy another striker. It is always like that,” van Gaal was quoted as saying by The Independent.

“When you analyse the matches, we are always capable of playing in our style where we created chances and were the dominating team. But we didn’t score. We need the luck of a striker. There are several players who have played in the striker’s position and they need luck.”

Van Gaal has parted with a few of his strikers this season which includes the likes of Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez but the Dutchman says he has no regrets about letting them go.

“How many players have had the chances to score and why didn’t they score? You cannot always explain that, so, of course, we are looking always for solutions in the team,” he said.

The striking trio of Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay have scored only 19 goals between them in all competitions this season.

“We could have kept all the strikers but then there would have been a lot of strikers in the stands, they are not happy then and they want to go away. That is the story of Hernandez, for example. He wants to play, but I can imagine that he can’t always play in this world,” van Gaal said.

“There are now players in my selection who want to play, but they cannot play because I choose another player. That is always like that. Too many strikers of high quality for the same position is too much pressure, but now I don’t have the chance to change. We still have a good team and can still score goals. I am convinced of that. But we also need a little bit of luck.”

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