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Louis van Gaal: Manchester United don't need to buy a new striker

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has denied that his side need to spend in the transfer window to secure the arrival a new striker, despite Wayne Rooney's lack of form.

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal thinks that his squad have enough players capable of playing as a striker, and he will only make a move in the transfer market for a world class forward who can improve the side.

Despite Wayne Rooney having endured a dreadful three years at United, and a worse three matches in the league, he continues to be first choice and is one of the main reasons for the sides conspicuous struggles against teams as poor as Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

However, Van Gaal said:

"I have a lot of options.

"I have chosen Chicharito, because he is another type from Rooney, and we have also Fellaini, who is another type, then I have Wilson and Januzaj, so I don't think we need a striker.

"If he is the best striker in the world then, yes, we need him, but if he cannot contribute in our eyes, then we won't buy any striker. But when he does, we shall buy."

It is not necessarily worth taking these comments at face value - like any manager, he might simply be professing to be happy with his options because he is not certain that any new faces will arrive in this position. The truth will become apparent in the next week, before the transfer window shuts.