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Louis van Gaal says Manchester United need 'best striker in the world'

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that he would love to land 'the best striker in the world' this summer - but insists he won't add any new players for the sake of it.

The Red Devils have so far tried and failed to land a big-name attacking player this summer, having been linked with the likes of Thomas Muller, Edinson Cavani and Gareth Bale.

The latest name at the top of Van Gaal's list is Barcelona forward Neymar, who according to the Guardian is open to a move - while his agent was spotted at Old Trafford during the 0-0 draw against Newcastle on Saturday which sparked more speculation.

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Any deal for the Brazilian will be difficult to pull off with time in the summer window running out. It has previously been reported that Manchester United won't make a move for a new forward to offer competition for the misfiring Wayne Rooney - but Van Gaal is hoping Ed Woodward can pull off a miracle.

“When he is the best striker in the world then, yes, we need him, but that’s what I have been saying for two months," he explained.

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“He has to contribute but when he cannot contribute in our eyes, then we won’t buy any striker. But when he does, we shall buy.”

Van Gaal has endured mixed fortunes when splashing the cash on big-name players so far, having seen Angel di Maria come and go just a year after completing a club record £59.7 million move from Real Madrid. 

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Radamel Falcao failed to make an impact during his costly loan spell with Manchester United, and Van Gaal knows that a player's reputation is no guarantee of success. He said: “You never know because you have seen it, for example, with Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria last season. 

"They are great players but they have to adapt to the culture of Manchester United. You have that with every buy.”

Which striker should Manchester United try and sign - Benzema, Muller or Neymar?

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