The pathetic goalscoring trend at Old Trafford is glaringly visible to even the blind. Manchester United obviously do not need a prophet to tell them of their struggles in finding the back of the net so far this season and the dire need to add more quality to their attack line during the January transfer window. Under-fire manager, Louis van Gaal quite understands this and has gone ahead to address the challenge with a most bizarre and least expected approach.
One would have thought that the current winter transfer window will afford any club the opportunity to recruit new players who will come in to improve the team and help to solve or, at least, ameliorate its existing problems. That is the expected, conventional approach as far as Manchester United is concerned.
However, van Gaal has other ideas in play and has instead opted to recall Will Keane from loan at Preston North End.
The 22-year-old forward made his debut and only appearance for the Red devils in the 3-2 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers on 31 December 2011. After recovering from a knee ligament injury, Will endured unimpressive loan spells at Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, and Sheffield Wednesday. His stay at Preston was no better as he scored just 2 goals in 22 appearances for the Championship side.
The decision to recall the former England under 21 came after his meeting with the Dutch manager who was convinced to bring him back to Old Trafford. According to Preston manager, Simon Grayson, who confirmed news of the recall, “[It happened] in the last 24 hours or so. United felt they needed an extra body around them. Obviously it’s disappointing to lose Will. In the last few weeks he’s been finding his feet with us, but that is what happens when you get loan players. We accept it. We will probably go into the market over the next few days and weeks to bring in reinforcements. Hopefully he will do well for Manchester United”.
Louis van Gaal’s decision defies every rule in the books, and it is left to see how this wildcard approach will play out. It is indeed a big gamble but ultimately, the end will justify the means.