Louis van Gaal likens Graziano Pelle to Man United striker

Louis van Gaal heaps praise on Southampton striker Graziano Pelle

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Louis van Gaal has likened Southampton striker Graziano Pelle to Manchester United forward Robin van Persie.

The 29-year-old has bagged nine strike for the Saints in all competitions after Italian striker completed £8m summer move to the St Mary’s from Feyenoord.

He is always seeing the third man. Van Persie is also always seeing the third man

Louis van Gaal

The United manager worked with Pelle during the Italy international’s spell at AZ Alkmaar, scoring 16 goals in 91 Eredivisie appearances.

And Van Gaal talked up the Southampton forward’s qualities ahead of United’s clash against third-placed Saints on Monday night.

“I am not surprised [at his success] because I bought him at AZ as he was an attacking point,” Van Gaal is quoted as saying by ESPN.

“I’ve said about Van Persie that I like strikers who are an attacking point, not only a striker who scores goals.

“He is also very creative. He is always seeing the third man. Van Persie is also always seeing the third man.”

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