Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal considers January addition
By Charlie McFaulds
Last Updated: 02/01/16 4:09pm
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has not ruled out adding a striker to his squad in the January transfer window.
United's troubles in front of goal and their forwards' lack of form has been well documented prompting speculation of a possible move into the January transfer market.
Van Gaal is now considering whether time on the training ground or even a mid-season transfer could help solve the problems that saw United score just 22 goals in their 19 Premier League games before Saturday - only six teams scoring fewer in the top flight.
"That is our problem," the United boss said. "When you analyse most matches we were the dominating team, but we didn't score.
"How many players have had the chances to score and why they didn't score? You cannot always explain that.
"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."
Van Gaal sold Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez last summer, opted against a permanent move for Radamel Falcao who spent last season on loan at Old Trafford from Monaco and recently allowed England U21 international James Wilson to join Brighton on a season long loan.
It has left attacking options thin on the ground and the Dutchman has recalled young striker Will Keane from a loan spell at Preston to bolster a frontline that boasts just summer signing Anthony Martial and skipper Wayne Rooney - both of whom have seven goals to their name this season.
Memphis Depay and Marouane Fellaini have been deployed in attack at various stages this season but despite newspaper reports linking them with a host of names including Southampton's Sadio Mane and PSG's Edinson Cavani, van Gaal is backing his players to succeed whether he adds to the squad or not.
"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. I give trust to the players," the 64-year-old said.
"The problem can be solved with money but also on the training pitch. We are training but 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."
Hernandez has found form this season following his move to Bayer Leverkusen, picking up the last two Bundesliga Player of the Month awards and firing 19 goals in 22 appearances since his £12m switch.
But Van Gaal believes the Mexican is best example of how frustrated a striker can become if he is not playing.
"We could have kept all the strikers but then there would have been a lot of strikers in the tribune (stand)," said Van Gaal.
"They are not happy then. They want to go away. It is the story of Hernandez. He wants to play. Too many strikers of high quality for the same position is too much pressure but now I don't have the chance to change."