Manchester United transfer news: Signing a striker 'not an objective' for Louis van Gaal

Dutchman content with current options

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has claimed he is not concerned about signing a new striker, insisting he is happy with his current options.

Robin van Persie was sold, Radamel Falcao's loan not made permanent and Angel Di Maria allowed to join PSG - stripping the club of three experienced forwards.

No heavyweight arrivals of similar experience have been signed, with Wayne Rooney set to be deployed as a striker this term rather than in midfield as he was much of last campaign. The captain and the others at the club are enough according to Van Gaal.

"No, that is not a special item for me - it is more in the media they are discussing about a striker," Van Gaal said in the aftermath of his side's 1-0 victory over Tottenham.

"The striker is Wayne Rooney and we also have [Javier] Hernandez, [Adnan] Januzaj and [James] Wilson. It is not a special objective for me."


However, the possibility of signing a new striker has not totally been ruled out.

"But when we can buy another striker who has a lot of qualities, more than our players, then we buy. But we have always done that," Van Gaal added.

"I said it before but they [the media] are not writing it. I have said it before, we have Rooney. You [the media] said he has to play in a striker’s position."