Louis van Gaal admits he may have been wrong to allow so many strikers to leave Manchester United these past six months.

The Red Devils offloaded Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez in the summer, while James Wilson was allowed to join Brighton on a season-long loan in November, leaving Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial as the club's only recognised centre forwards.

While United as a collective continue to struggle for goals - they've managed just 10 in their last 14 games in all competitions - Hernandez, in particular, has thrived since leaving Old Trafford.

The Bayer Leverkusen striker has found the net 17 times in his last 14 outings and was recently crowned the Bundesliga Player of the Month for the second time running.

Despite this, Van Gaal is unsure if keeping Hernandez would have solved his side's goalscoring crisis.

"I don't believe too much in competition," said the Dutchman, as quoted by the Mirror. "I believe in trust and confidence. Maybe that's wrong, but I have done it all my life as a manager. I give trust to the players.


"We could have kept all the strikers, but then there would have been a lot of strikers in the stands. They're not happy then, they want to leave. It's the story of Hernandez, for example. He wants to play, but I can imagine that he can't always play.

"Too many strikers of high quality for the same position is too much pressure, but now I don't have the chance to change. Now I have given confidence to the players to play there.

United are reportedly in the market for attacking players in January, with Everton's Romelu Lukaku and Southampton's Sadio Mane both linked.

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However, Van Gaal, who recalled Will Keane from his loan spell at Preston this week, believes spending big is not the only solution.

"I think that we need also the luck of a striker," he said. "There are several players who played in the striker's position. They need luck. How many players have had chances to score and why didn't they score? You cannot always explain that.

"We're always looking for solutions in the team, but we still have a good team and we can still score goals. I'm convinced of that. But we also need a little bit of luck.

"It can be solved with money, but also on the training pitch. We're training, but scoring goals is a quality. We have that quality, but at this moment there's a lack of confidence at the right time or we need to buy another striker.

"It's always like that."

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