Van Gaal wants more pace from his wingers
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted he does not have the type of wide players he needs to mount a challenge for trophies this season.
United failed with bids to land Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller and Barcelona's Neymar in the summer transfer rush, with Van Gaal keen to add to his options in wide positions in the next transfer window.
Yet it seems as if he will push for more high profile targets in January and next summer, with dynamism down the flanks his priority.
"I have said already in my first year many times we need speed and creativity on the wings," Van Gaal said.
"Now we play with Jesse Lingard and he is not the most speedy winger in the world, and Mata is also not the most speedy winger in the world.
"So first we must first finish that problem and then we can see how we play and how we are in balance with playing with speedy wingers."
Van Gaal has put his faith in Lingard following Memphis Depay's lacklustre start to life at Old Trafford, but despite his pride at fielding youth players, Van Gaal concedes he may still have to enter the transfer market in January.
The Dutchman admitted once again that he has plenty of targets, but admits he will struggle to land some of them.
"No, it is dependent," Van Gaal said when asked if the emergence of these youngsters would stop him buying new players in January.
"It is dependent for instance on the rehabilitation of Luke Shaw - how long it will last.
"It is also dependent on what I can buy. I want to buy a lot of players but not all the players I want are for sale. So there are a lot of factors in it."
Many United fans are disappointed that Adnan Januzaj was sent out on loan to Borussia Dortmund this season, with fresh reports suggesting he may be brought back early to add to Van Gaal's options in wide positions.
Despite the repeated criticism of the playing style Van Gaal is promoting at United, his side head into the international break just two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.