Amidst heavy speculation that Pedro is on the verge of joining Man United, Van Gaal’s comments indicate the Spaniard is exactly the type of player he is looking for.
With Angel Di Maria close to completing his move to PSG, the manager has spoken about the need for ‘speed and creativity’ in United’s attacking options.
Speaking about his forwards, Van Gaal compared his options with some of the best in Europe.
He said: “Barcelona have the speed of Neymar and [Lionel] Messi — and they have Pedro behind them. We have to compete with that.
“Barcelona have the speed of Neymar and [Lionel] Messi — and they have Pedro behind them. We have to compete with that.”
Van Gaal also spoke out about the one area he feels United need to improve to become title challengers.
He added: “We can win the title if we can buy players with speed and creativity. We have to improve our selection in that way.”
As the Dutchman has confirmed he’s in the market for an attacking player, it is easy to see the rationale behind the move for Pedro.
The 28-year-old is quick, skilful and unpredictable, which could be perfect for United’s attack come the first day of the new season.
Replacing Di Maria immediately with Pedro would be a decisive move from United and with only a few days left until the start of the season, that’s exactly what the club needs to do to be ready in time.