Louis van Gaal has explained the reason behind the sale of multiple Manchester United strikers last summer.

The United manager elected not to buy Radamel Falcao following his season-long loan and proceeded to sell Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez during the summer, leaving Wayne Rooney, deadline day signing Anthony Martial and James Wilson as the only out and out strikers in the squad.

Wilson was then loaned out to Brighton and Hove Albion in November, leaving the former two as the only senior strikers at the club, much to the disapproval of United fans.

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Despite United looking blunt in attack, only managing to score 22 goals halfway through the Premier League season, van Gaal has said that he is content with the options he has at his disposal.

Ahead of the match against Swansea, he told the official club website of his thinking behind the sale of his strikers in the summer:

We could have kept all the strikers and then there are a lot of strikers in the stand who are not happy. They will want to go away. It is like the story of Hernandez, for example. He wanted to play and you cannot always play in this world.

There are also now players in my squad who want to play but they cannot play because I choose another player. It’s always like that. Too many strikers for the same position of such high quality is also too much pressure. Now I don’t have the chance to change.

I don’t believe too much in competition for places. I believe in trust and in confidence. Maybe that is wrong, okay, but I have done it all my life as a manager. I give trust to the players.