Louis van Gaal has admitted that he needs to add speed and creativity up front to make Manchester United championship material in the next couple of seasons.
The Red Devils finished fourth in the Premier League last campaign, Van Gaal’s first in charge at Old Trafford, and have spent nearly £80m on new recruits this summer.
But the Dutchman has conceded that United are “not on schedule” to win the title yet because they are currently lacking excitement and pace in attack.
“We’re not on schedule to be champions because we need speed and creativity at the front,” he is quoted as saying by The Mail on Sunday. “Whether we can win the title [in the next two seasons] is dependable if we can buy players with speed and creativity.
“The hardest decisions are always which players you buy and which have to go. We know the Premier League is different to all the other leagues and players have to adapt.”
United have been linked with Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale, who has been on their radar since his Tottenham Hotspur days and would certainly fit the credentials identified by Van Gaal.
Angel Di Maria, arguably the quickest and most creative of the club’s existing attacking options, is poised to leave the Red Devils for Paris Saint-Germain in the next 24 hours after a £44m fee was agreed.
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