Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reiterated his team's need for more speed and creativity, as he believes that it is part of the process, which will help bring the Premier League title back to Old Trafford. The Red Devils are currently in the fourth place, four points behind pacesetters Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table.
The Dutch manager has been looking for speedy wingers since last summer, and missed out on signing Pedro from Barcelona, who moved to Chelsea, after being linked with United through most of the latter part of the summer transfer window. Van Gaal did sign Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven, but the young Dutchman is having a difficult debut campaign in the Premier League, and has currently lost his place in the team to Anthony Martial, who is being used on the wings to accommodate Wayne Rooney through the middle.
The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager has promoted Jesse Lingard to the first-team and admitted that his regular appearances in the first-team are due to the pace and creativity he brings in the wide areas. The 22-year-old has already made five appearances including the Premier League and the Champions League and it looks like his foray into the first-team is likely to continue when the 20-time English champions take on West Bromwich Albion on Saturday (7 November).
"We still need players with more creativity and pace on the wings. That I have said five months ago, three months ago and now I am saying it again, but we need that, so we are still in a process," Van Gaal said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
"That's the reason why he (Lingard) plays. But I have to compare him with other players in that position. But it is still what I have said five months ago and it's no different," the Dutchman added.