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Manchester United set to sign striker in January transfer window

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wants to sign a striker in the January transfer window.

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In the Mirror, Manchester United are linked with a move for a forward. There's little argument about the players who were released in the summer. Even Javier Hernandez, banging them in Germany, was hardly making a case for his inclusion in his recent years, and his loan against Real Madrid was no great success. Nevertheless, there needs to be someone to take the strain off Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney. In truth, the biggest reason for the lack of goals is the manager's approach, not the lack of strikers.

Not unrelated is Will Keane's return from loan at Preston. Perhaps he fancies his chances after seeing Jesse Lingard establish himself in the first team with relatively poor performances. The key word, before you get angry, is relatively, and compared to the actually required standards. That's in the Mail.

Steven Gerrard says he wants to be a coach, yet he believes that Rooney should be England's main man, thereby proving he definitely should not be a coach. That's in the Telegraph.

On ESPNFC, there's a column from John Brewin about Ryan Giggs being well placed to replace Van Gaal when the time comes, which is a depressing idea.

And that's it. It's still the same old guff despite the new year.