Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal claims despite boasting the likes of Robin van Persie in his squad, that he doesn’t possess a 20 goal a season striker…
Louis van Gaal claims the reason Manchester United aren’t challenging for the Premier League title this campaign is that they are lacking a 20 goal a season striker, as reported by the Guardian.
Robin van Persie is United’s current top scorer with ten, while Wayne Rooney has eight. Juan Mata is next on the list with five, and Radamel Falcao rounds out the top four with a disappointing four goals.
Despite boasting the likes of van Persie, Falcao, and Rooney, van Gaal still believes they are lacking a 20 goal a season striker.
“It is true because I cannot deny it – Robin van Persie cannot deny it, Falcao cannot deny it and Rooney is not playing there much any more. We cannot deny that, at this moment, we don’t have a striker who scores 20 goals in the season,” he said.
“This does not tell [us] anything about next year. They could be having an unlucky year and I have to decide, with my staff, if it is [this] or other aspects.”
It’s difficult to dispute what he’s saying, as none of them look likely to reach 20 this campaign. They are all players who are capable of grabbing at least that amount per season however, so it’s difficult to sympathise.
It may not be that the Dutchman doesn’t possess a striker of that calibre, but more that he hasn’t been able to get the best out of his players.