Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has insisted he has five strikers at his disposal despite calls for him to bring another forward in.
The club have been linked with moves for Neymar, Gareth Bale and Thomas Muller in recent days.
When asked about the development of his strikers last summer, van Gaal said: “Last year I had five strikers and then as a manager, you choose in theory, because I didn’t see them. Because Robin van Persie came one day before the season started, he was not on tour in the USA, Welbeck there was an offer from other clubs, and so you have to choose.
“But now I can choose better because I know my players, and that’s why I have chosen Chicharito, because he is another type from Rooney, and we have also Fellaini, who is another type. So I have different types, then I have Wilson and Januzaj, so I don’t think we need a striker.
“When he is the best striker in the world then, yes, we need him, but that’s the issue that I have been saying for two months: he has to contribute, but when he cannot contribute in our eyes, then we won’t buy any striker. But when he does, we shall buy.”
United have been poor going forward in the Premier League this term and a lack of cutting edge cost them against Newcastle United last weekend.
Van Gaal may well be backing his current strikers but it was clear for all to see that he was interested in Pedro despite United’s official line that they were never in for the Spaniard. A Premier League title challenge is expected of van Gaal this season but it may be out of reach if a world-class forward is not signed.