Louis Van Gaal has made a sensational claim that Manchester United do not have a top goalscorer – despite having three of the most feared forwards in world football within the Red Devils’ ranks.
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“We cannot deny that at this moment we don’t have a striker who scores 20 goals in the season,” said the Old Trafford boss to the Daily Express.
“Van Persie cannot deny it, Falcao cannot deny it while Rooney is not playing there [as a striker] much any more.
“They could be having an unlucky year but I have to decide, with my staff, whether that is the case or there are other factors.
“It is not always the fault of the manager, when a player is not performing well, I can tell you!”
Robin Van Persie has won the golden boot twice in the last three seasons with 30 and 26 strikes in 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively, while only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi scored more goals than Radamel Falcao when he was at Atletico Madrid between 2011 and 2013.
At AS Monaco, Falcao averaged more than a goal every two games in an injury hit 2013-14, and it is only at Man Utd that he has struggled.
Still, Van Gaal could always play Wayne Rooney up front. While only able to make 29 Premier League appearances last term, he still scored 17 times in the top flight, and would surely have more than eight goals this season if he wasn’t playing in midfield.