Louis van Gaal has taken a dig at Manchester United strikers Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, by claiming the Red Devils have failed in mounting a title challenge as they do not boast a forward capable of scoring 20 goals a season, reports BBC Sport.
Van Gaal was speaking ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Sunderland at Old Trafford this afternoon – a match in which they will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing defeat at Swansea.
The Dutchman may be forced to call upon Falcao, who has managed just four Premier League goals since joining United on loan from Monaco on deadline day.
This is because Robin van Persie has been ruled out for several weeks with an injury, although the 31-year-old has often struggled to recapture his best form in a United shirt this term, with 11 goals to his name so far.
And van Gaal believes United’s lack of a striker scoring week in week out is what has damaged their chances of mounting a serious challenge for the Premier League title.
Van Gaal said: “At this moment, we don’t have a striker who scores 20 goals.”
However, the Manchester United boss does not see this as being a long term problem for his side.
“It doesn’t tell you anything about next year,” he said.
“They could be having an unlucky year. I have to decide, with my staff, if it is this aspect or others.”