Louis van Gaal has admitted for the first time that he may have made a mistake with regard to selling the likes of Javier Hernandez and strikers in one go. Manchester United surprised many by allowing a number of new strikers to leave the club in the last few summers.

Javier Hernandez

Even though the club brought in Anthony Martial for more than £ 35 million, they are left with only two top strikers to lead the line – Wayne Rooney and Martial. Both players have been highly inconsistent this season and it has been a major reason behind the club failing to score goals on a consistent basis.

After the recent winless run of eight games came to an end with the 2-1 success over Swansea, the manager claimed that the club may step into the January transfer window in order to sign some few players. It has been rumoured that United are looking to make a move for Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson, who is a real attacking talent.

However, the club are desperate need of goalscoring forwards rather than attacking midfielders. Numerous betting sites online are tipping United to sign a new striker - possibly Gonzalo Higuain - when the transfer window opens.

Van Gaal says that his reasoning behind selling the likes of Hernandez is that he does not believe in too much competition in the squad.

United deploy only one forward on a regular basis, which eliminates the need for three or more strikers in the squad. “We are training but scoring goals is a quality. We have that quality but at this moment there is a lack of confidence at the right time or we need to buy another striker. It is always like that.

"We could have kept all the strikers but then there would have been a lot of strikers in the stand. They are not happy then. They want to go away. It is the story of Hernandez for example. He wants to play. I can imagine that he can't always play in this world,” said Van Gaal.