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Louis van Gaal denies surprise Manchester United striker signing

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal appeared to backtrack on his own transfer claims last night after initially appearing to suggest that he was set to sign a surprise striker for the club, reports the Manchester Evening News. 

The Dutch boss, who watched his side secure a victory over San Jose Earthquakes, had seemingly hinted that he was set to add to his side's ranks in the forward department.

Van Gaal, though, has insisted that he meant something else, claiming that he doesn't know whether he wants to sign a striker before the close of the transfer window.

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He said: "I don't know if I want to buy a striker. I have read in the media the striker is the surprise. No, that's not what I said.

"But you are saying that. No, I mean something else."

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It appears, then, that Van Gaal is yet to make a decision over his striker options at the Theatre of Dreams, with the trio of Wayne Rooney, James Wilson and Javier Hernandez already at the club. 

Perhaps, then, Hernandez, who was sent out on loan to Real Madrid last season, will be handed the opportunity to prove himself under the guidance of the Dutchman in Manchester. 

Schweinsteiger criticism

Despite watching his side secure a 3-1 victory over San Jose Earthquakes last night, Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal criticised new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger's performance, reports Goal.com.

In fact, the Dutch boss claimed Andreas Pereira, who scored the third goal of the game, was the only highlight of the second half. 

"He was also bad. There was one highlight I think and that was Pereira," the Dutchman said of Schweinsteiger.

"Players can play bad and certainly when you have only three days or six days training sessions in your legs and you have to play 45 minutes.

De Gea could return 

United shot-stopper David de Gea, meanwhile, could star for the first time in the club's pre-season tour against Spanish giants Barcelona on Saturday, reports the club's official site.

The 'keeper is yet to feature on United's tour of the US after sustaining a minor injury in training, but could now replace youngster Sam Johnston between the sticks against the Catalan giants. 

“I have a good hope that he can play against Barcelona but he was still injured,” van Gaal stated in his post-match press conference.

The Red Devils, of course, will be hoping to make it three straight victories, but will face their toughest challenge yet in the showdown with the European champions. 

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