Louis Van Gaal to consider recruiting a new striker during the January transfer window

The Dutch boss is running out of time to salvage Man United's season

Louis Van Gaal to consider recruiting a new striker during the January transfer window

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With Manchester United enduring their worst season in some 25 seasons, Louis Van Gaal is reportedly contemplating purchasing a new striker in an effort to reignite their campaign.

Statistics show that the Red Devils have netted a meagre 25 goals in their last 25 games with an uninspiring seven goalless draws included in that disappointing record. It is evident that United need to start scoring more goals and with Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial the club's current top goal scorers, Van Gaal may seek to increase their firepower up front when the transfer window opens this month. 

Speaking about the goal drought at Old Trafford, Van Gaal said:

'It [a lack of goals] can be solved with money but also on the training pitch. Scoring goals is a quality. We have that quality but at this moment there is a lack of confidence at the right time or we need to buy another striker. It is always like that. That is our problem [scoring]. When you analyse the matches we are always capable of playing in our style. Only Arsenal, and maybe the first half against Stoke and Palace, we didn’t play in that style.'

Van Gaal went on to comment on the absence of luck currently disrupting his strikers' from illuminating United's season. A number of strikers parted ways with Man United in the summer including Javier Hernández who was sold to Bayern Leverkusen and Robin van Persie who deflected to Fenerbahce.

But despite the goal scoring crisis currently arresting the club, Van Gaal continues to defend those drastic changes for the club.

'We could have kept all the strikers but then there would have been a lot of strikers in the tribune [stands]. They are not happy then. They want to go away. It is the story of Hernández, for example. He wants to play.'

Manchester United face Swansea today and with a gap of nine points separating United from Arsenal and Leicester City, victory is of paramount important to them today. And Van Gaal is more aware than anyone else of that.

'It is more or less the same test [as Chelsea]. The pressure that I have seen by myself is still the same. We cannot allow the gap.”