Louis van Gaal is planning an audacious recruitment drive this summer that could see two strikers purchased during the next transfer window, according to reports.
The Daily Mirror today relays how the Dutchman wants to bolster his firepower in the final third, leaving the future of Radamel Falcao very much up in the air. The Colombia international has flattered to deceive since joining from AS Monaco on loan in 2014, and there’s more than one player on Van Gaal’s radar with regards to who could replace him.
The same report suggests that Robin van Persie may have to do more if he’s to solidify his Old Trafford future past the end of this season, with the Dutch international having looked a shadow of his best at times during this campaign.
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United let down
Before a ball was kicked this season it appeared that keeping goals out would be United’s only problem, with the quartet of Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria, Falcao and Van Persie promising more than enough quality up top. The duo of Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez were consequently let go - the latter albeit on loan - yet things haven’t panned out as expected.
Whilst Rooney has been pushed further back into a deeper midfield role Falcao has struggled enormously with finding the back of the net on a regular basis, and Van Persie hasn’t looked overly assertive leading the line either. Meanwhile Di Maria has been in and out of form as chief creator, prompting criticism from the stands as well as the mainstream media.
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As a result Van Gaal is likely to try and change things up when he next gets the chance, and he’d be right to. The ageing Van Persie and Falcao combination doesn’t bode well for the future with the Red Devils aiming to be competing in the Champions League next term, and maybe it’s time the prodigal James Wilson was given a clear run to the starting XI.
Van Gaal's choices
If United’s manager is insistent that Rooney should play in midfield then new faces are an obvious necessity. The Mirror claim West Brom star Saido Berahino is being watched, as is Palermo’s Paulo Dybala; two players who are both young and hungry to impress.
The latter is the more expensive of the two and, given that he’s never played outside of Italy, he’d be a significant risk, therefore perhaps Berahino is the more sensible option.
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