With Van Gaal’s side clearly in dire need of pace and potency in the wide positions, Pedro would have been the perfect fit had he resisted Jose Mourinho’s advances back in August.
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Ever since Barcelona spent big to invest in Neymar and Luis Suarez, it was clear that Pedro would be forced to leave the Nou Camp due to the lack of starting opportunities given to him by Gerard Martino and Luis Enrique.
His exit sent pangs of sadness around Catalonia given the way he performed alongside the likes of Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi, David Villa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the days Pep Guardiola ruled the roost.
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Having sold Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain, Van Gaal was desperate to add some pace to his side but was gazumped by Chelsea who pipped United to the post in a transfer saga reminiscent of the ones that saw them beat Liverpool to the services of Mohamed Salah and Tottenham to Willian.
He has since struggled to make an impact in the capital, and speculation has been rife that he could have returned to the La Liga giants on loan for the rest of the campaign, but that has since been dismissed by Enrique.
Having failed to make the grade at Chelsea, Van Gaal must be rubbing his hands with glee.
Pedro would have been the perfect fit for United, who trail surprise league leaders Leicester City by ten points going into the most important phase of the season.
Memphis Depay has been a spectacular flop after arriving from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, and though Anthony Martial has impressed since his move from Monaco, the Frenchman operates best when starting down the middle.
Pedro could leave Stamford Bridge as early as this month, and will no doubt be inundated from offers from many of Europe’s top clubs before the transfer window slams shut.
It will leave Chelsea in sore need of cover on the flanks, with Eden Hazard continuing to look a far cry from the superstar that set the Premier League alight last term.
United meanwhile are still in need of width, and can make amends for their failure to sign Pedro by possibly signing Lazio youngster Felipe Anderson.
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