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Louis Van Gaal believes that were Manchester United to possess a striker of the quality of Luis Suarez or Sergio Aguero then goalscoring would not be a problem for the side.
The Dutchman watched was left frustrated as United yet again failed to score as they were held 0-0 by a battling West Ham, their fifth 0-0 scoreline in nine games.
The Old Trafford outfit have now scored just seven goals in their last 10 games, a dreadful total for a club with their tradition of producing attacking football.
United had 21 shots in Saturday’s stalemate but only one was on target, a statistic that Van Gaal feels supports his belief that creating chances is not an issue, but finishing them is.
“The question is would Luis Suarez or Sergio Aguero score if they were here?” he told BBC Radio Manchester. “That is a question mark. You never know. I think they would, though.
“We’ve created enough chances to score, so that was not the problem.
“The most important thing is you dominate, create and you finish. Football is about scoring goals. The first two basic aspects of football we have done.
“When you don’t finish from a metre in front of an empty goal, you cannot say anything more. You have to finish and that’s the only problem we have. We played very well especially in the second half – but you have to finish.
“The goals are coming. That is my strong belief.
“I think that we played a very good match, it’s only we have to score. You must score out of the kind of chances we created.
“There was a fantastic team spirit and we were dominant. We created many chances and you can only do that when you are attacking; we attacked much more than our opponents, who were defending in their square of 40 metres.
“That’s always difficult but we created a lot of chances. Yes, you have to score from those chances and we didn’t do that. That is our problem in the latest matches.”