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Louis van Gaal confirms Man United will sign striker

Louis van Gaal has confirmed Manchester United are in the process of recruiting a new striker.

Van Gaal is keeping his cards close to his chest. Credit: PA

Senior sources at United were insistent last week that the Red Devils were not after a new front man, but after United's 1-0 win over Club America at the weekend Van Gaal hinted a "surprise" signing might be in store.

And on the eve of United's second tour match in California against the San Jose Earthquakes, the United boss again dropped a cryptic clue which suggested a forward could be coming to Old Trafford.

"He is in the process," Van Gaal said bluntly when asked about his "surprise" signing.

When asked whether United were close to signing the striker in question, Van Gaal said: "No. It is not a striker that the media has written, but you have to wait and see.

"The transfer period is open until September 1. You have to wait."

Valdes responds to Man Utd boss Van Gaal on Twitter

Victor Valdes has responded to Louis van Gaal's claims that he refused to play for Man United's U21 side by posting a photo of himself with the team last season.

Red Devils boss Van Gaal omitted Valdes from United's pre-season Tour of the USA this week, and told reporters he would sell the former Barcelona goalkeeper because "he refused to play in the second team" last season.

Spanish international Valdes reponded to those comments this morning by posting images of the three second string matches he featured in for Van Gaal's side last term, against Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool.

It remains unclear which match Valdes is accused of failing to play in for Van Gaal, who is also fighting to keep David de Gea at Old Trafford, and is likely to be questioned over the social media post during his next media obligations in America.


Man Utd boss to watch Liverpool with 'fantastic wine'

Van Gaal will be celebrating if Chelsea beat Liverpool. Credit: PA

Louis van Gaal will watch Liverpool's match against Chelsea today with "a fantastic glass of wine" after opening up a seven point gap on Brendan Rodgers' side.

Saturday's hard fought victory at Crystal Palace ensured United will finish in a coveted top four position by securing just one more point from their last two games.

But the Red Devils could secure a Champions League spot without playing today if Chelsea beat Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to the media after United's 1-2 win at Palace, he said:

I am very happy with the result and it brings us a step closer to our goal.

Now we will see [on Sunday], with a fantastic glass of wine, the result between Liverpool and Chelsea.

– Man United manager Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal: Man United should be level with Chelsea

United are finishing the season strongly under Van Gaal. Credit: PA

Man United only won three of their opening ten matches under Louis van Gaal, but they now need just six points from their final four games to achieve their goal of Champions League qualification.

The United boss has been happy with the team's progress - despite recent successive defeats - but he believes he could have been challenging for the title had it not been for their laboured start.

Speaking to the press today, Van Gaal said:

We started very badly this year. When you cut the start of it we shall equalise Chelsea.

Next year we will have a different squad. Not just us, but Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and all the other clubs who are battling for the first positions.

There is not a big gap I don't think. You can judge that when clubs are playing against each other.

– Man United manager Louis van Gaal
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