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Van Gaal confirms he wants to bolster his attacking firepower

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal has goal scoring problems
Van Gaal has goal scoring problems

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hinted that he may be tempted to make a move for a striker in the January transfer window.

Van Gaal heads into Saturday's Premier League game against Swansea needing a victory to snap an eight-game winless run that has put his future as United manager on the line.

Yet he is clearly planning for the future, after talking up his ambitions to find a solution to his side's scoring problems now that the transfer window is open for business.

While he hopes the players in his squad step up to find the goals that have been lacking of late, Van Gaal suggests he may also sanction a move for a big money striker this month.

"It can can be solved with money but also on the training pitch,” said Van Gaal, as hr reflected on his side's scoring concerns.

“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.

“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.

“We need also the luck of a striker. There are several players who played in the striker’s position. They need luck.

"How many players have had the chances to score and why they didn’t score? You cannot always explain that."

The United boss went on to insist he did not regret allowing Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez to leave last summer despite his goal scoring problems in recent months.

"We could have kept all the strikers but then there would have been a lot of strikers in the tribune (sitting in the stands)," he added. "They are not happy then. They want to go away. It is the story of Hernandez for example. He wants to play.

"Too many strikers of high quality for the same position means too much pressure, but now I don't have the chance to change.

"I don't believe too much in competition. I believe in trust and confidence. Maybe that is wrong but I have done it all my life as a manager. I give trust to the players who are in those positions.

“Of course, we are looking always for solutions in the team. Also for this moment, but we still have a good team and we can still score goals. I am convinced of that, but we also need a little luck.”

Van Gaal brought Will Keane back from his loan spell at Preston on Friday to bolster his attacking firepower, but it seems as if additional signings may well arrive before the February 1st transfer deadline.