Louis van Gaal confirms Manchester United may need a new left-back

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Louis van Gaal has revealed he will be looking to sign a left-back in January to replace the injured Luke Shaw.

Shaw broke his leg against PSV in a Champions League clash back in September and the Dutch boss has been unable to find a suitable replacement for the 20-year-old.

Speaking after their late victory over Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday, Van Gaal admitted that he may look to strengthen the position in January.

“Maybe we have to buy a left-back in January,” he said.

The versatile Daley Blind has often been deployed in that position but it's argued that left-back is not his natural position.

Marcus Rojo has also been used there previously this season but the Argentine, whilst playing in a more central position, did himself no favours by giving away a late penalty at Watford on Saturday with a poor challenge.


Even Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian have started games in that position with Van Gaal struggling to find the ideal alternative for Shaw, who had started the season impressively.

Last month, Manchester Evening News revealed that the club had been monitoring Van Gaal's compatriot Bruno Martins Indi, who plays for Porto.

Van Gaal gave Martins Indi his Netherlands debut back in 2012 and the 23-year-old could help fill the void left by Shaw.

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