Man United transfers: Diego Forlan runs rule over Pedro reports

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan says Louis van Gaal needs to sign a striker to help Wayne Rooney

Diego Forlan believes Pedro Rodriguez would be a great signing for Manchester United, but urged Louis van Gaal to sign a goal-scorer to help Wayne Rooney.

The Barcelona forward looks set to complete a £25m move to Old Trafford as British-record signing Angel di Maria edges closer to his switch to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

United need a goalscorer to help Rooney or create competition for their captain to keep him at his best

Diego Forlan

Van Gaal is short on options up front after Netherlands international Robin van Persie completed a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce last month.

Former Rd Devils striker Forlan doesn’t believe Pedro would be sufficient to bolster United’s goal-scoring ability ahead of the new Premier League season.

“Chelsea and Manchester City are teams I expect to challenge for the Premier League title,” Forlan wrote in his the National column.

“If Manchester United buy a striker who knows how to score in England then that would make a difference, but champions Chelsea will be very hard to overcome.”

“If Pedro joins United then they’ll get a great player, but United need a goalscorer to help Rooney or create competition for their captain to keep him at his best. They’re also not settled like the current champions.”

Rooney scored 12 goals in 33 Premier League appearances for United last season, although the England international was often deployed in an unorthodox midfield role.

Van Gaal currently has Rooney, Mexico international Javier Hernandez and youngster James Wilson as his own recognised strikers with Premier League experience in his squad.

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