Louis van Gaal looking for pace and creativity

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Louis van Gaal has hinted at Manchester United’s next big signing as the Old Trafford club prepare for next weekend’s Premier League kick-off.

The United boss has said he intends to buy a player with ‘pace and creativity’ before the close of the transfer window and then went on to discuss Barcelona’s Pedro.

Manchester United have been linked heavily with a move for the World Cup winning Spanish forward, and just today it was reported that the Barca star has told friends and family that he intends to join United later this month.


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Van Gaal has served to only fuel those rumours by mentioning Pedro by name when discussing Manchester United’s transfer plans for the next few weeks.

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Speaking to The Sun as reported by, van Gaal said: “Barcelona have the speed of Neymar and [Lionel] Messi -- and they have Pedro behind them. We have to compete with that.

“We can win the title if we can buy players with speed and creativity. We have to improve our selection in that way.

“Bayern Munich have Ribery and Robben. After that they can change with Muller and they also had Shaqiri at times.

“They are our competitors. Chelsea have Hazard, Willian, Oscar - that is speed and creativity.”

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Reports today also provided an update on Angel Di Maria’s situation, with the Argentinian international set for a medical after PSG and Manchester United agreed a fee. It’s thought to be around the £45m mark.

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