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Louis van Gaal says Manchester United will only buy the best striker in the world

Rohit Menon
24 Aug 2015, 20:00 IST
Van Gaal mentioned Chicharito, Rooney, Fellaini, Wilson and Januzaj as attacking options

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is happy with the forwards in his squad and will not buy a new one unless he finds a world-class signing, according to ESPN. The Dutchman seems to be happy with the attacking options he has in the squad, despite seeing his side fail to score in their 0-0 draw against Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

An own goal against Tottenham Hotspur on opening day and a deflected winner at Aston Villa were the only two goals scored by Manchester United in their first three Premier League games of the season, but Van Gaal didn’t seem too worried about his attacking options in his interview with the press after the Newcastle game.

"I have a lot of options," he said, as quoted on ESPN. "I have chosen Chicharito, because he is another type from Rooney, and we have also Fellaini, who is another type, then I have Wilson and Januzaj, so I don't think we need a striker,” the Dutch manager added.

"If he is the best striker in the world then, yes, we need him, but if he cannot contribute in our eyes, then we won't buy any striker. But when he does, we shall buy.” 

The 64-year-old also said that although he would jump at the chance to sign a top striker, there is no guarantee that the player will succeed at Old Trafford much like United’s signings of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao last summer. Falcao is currently at Chelsea on-loan from Monaco, while Angel di Maria left for Paris Saint Germain earlier in the window for a fee less than the £59.7 million United paid for him.

"In a club like Manchester United, you never know that, because you have seen it for example with Falcao and Di Maria last season: great players, but they have to adapt to the culture of Manchester United," Van Gaal said. "You have that with every buy."

Van Gaal is satisfied with Rooney’s performances despite goal drought

Van Gaal is content with the performances of Wayne Rooney despite his captain’s current goal drought, but expressed his disappointment with a wrong offside call by the linesman in his side’s goalless draw against Newcastle. The England international had actually scored for United after just four minutes but his goal was wrongly disallowed for offside, which means that he hasn’t scored for the club in 10 games.

"Wayne scored. Only it was not allowed,” Van Gaal said according to BBC, when was asked for his thoughts on Rooney’s disallowed goal. "It is doubtful and the rules are that when it is doubtful, then do not flag.” 

When asked about Rooney’s performances as the sole striker, he added: "He has to do what the striker has to do in our system and he does that, so I am very satisfied with him."

Manchester United has been linked with plenty of strikers throughout the summer transfer window, with the most recent speculation arising about their potential bid for Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller.

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