Louis Van Gaal has admitted that Manchester United do not have a prolific 20 goals-a-season man within their ranks.
This was a very bold statement as Manchester United have over £200 million worth of attacking talent at his disposal, with £59.7 million record summer signing of Champions League winner Angel Di Maria and £6 million loan signing Radamel Falcao.
In recent weeks Van Gaal has come under a lot of criticism from ex-players and fans as they believe he has took the sting out of United’s attacking flair. The Dutchman fully believes that this problem has nothing to do with him and is refusing to take the blame.
On paper United arguably have the best attack in the Premier League although its not showing at the moment with Wayne Rooney currently leading the goal scoring charts with 11 goals (after scoring two goals in the game against Sunderland), even though he has been featuring heavily in the midfield for the majority of the campaign.
Dutch international Robin Van Persie is one goal shy of Rooney as he has scored 10 goals so far this season, stuttering Falcao has only managed to net four goals, with attacking midfielders Juan Mata and Di Maria scoring five and four times respectively.
Surely this say something about Van Gaal’s attacking tactics and maybe people are right to criticise, if the striker playing in a deeper role is topping the club’s goal tally.
Former Netherlands manager Van gaal dropped a big hint that United will be looking to sign a striker in the summer and has said: “We cannot deny that at this moment we don’t have a striker who scores 20 goals in the season.
“Van Persie cannot deny it, Falcao cannot deny it while Rooney is not playing there [as a striker] much any more.