Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal in the market for a midfielder in the summer

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed will be in the market for a “right-sided holding midfielder” in the summer.

Van Gaal confirmed in his press conference on Friday that Michael Carrick will be sidelined for the remainder of the season and the 33-year-old’s absence leaves United short of options in the middle of the park ahead of this weekend’s game against Crystal Palace.

It’s been a repeating pattern this season that United have been left short of midfielders and it has certainly hindered the club’s progress at points, such as right now with a consecutive three game losing streak.

Van Gaal is worried about the problem and suggested he will look to find a solution to it when the summer transfer window opens.

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Speaking about Carrick, van Gaal said: “When you see the stats, it’s clear that he’s very important but that’s also because we have only right-sided holding midfielder.

“That’s what I am saying already in the whole of the season, that our selection is not balanced, and I want to restore that in the next transfer period.”

Wayne Rooney has often had to play in midfield over the course of the campaign, which is simply not good enough for a club of United’s stature.

Players such as Paul Pogba, Kevin Strootman and Ilkay Gundogan have been strongly linked with moves to Old Trafford and it is clear that United will need to get reinforcements in as soon as possible.

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