Man U won't panic buy, says van Gaal
SWANSEA, UNITED KINGDOM
MANCHESTER United manager Louis van Gaal said that he would not jump into the transfer market to solve his side's goal-scoring problems following their 2-1 defeat at Swansea City.
Juan Mata gave United the lead in the 48th minute at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, but after Swansea manager Garry Monk altered his midfield configuration to a diamond, the hosts struck twice in five minutes.
Andre Ayew equalised in the 61st minute with a smart downward header that beat Sergio Romero and then produced a fine pass for Bafetimbi Gomis to beat Romero at the near post for the winner.
Ashley Williams' last-ditch tackle denied Wayne Rooney a late equaliser, ending United's unbeaten record and leaving van Gaal's side with a return of just three goals from four league games.
Asked if he would look to bolster his squad with extra attacking power before today's transfer deadline, van Gaal replied: "You can never speak as a club like United, that you are satisfied.
"(But) certainly we shall not sign at the end of the transfer period a player that we have not scouted before.
"We know in offence what is happening or not happening. It is not an issue. When it is like that, we have to keep going and in January, the (transfer) window is open again.
"It is a process and I cannot change that process because you are depending not only (on) the player you want, but also the club."
One issue still dogging van Gaal concerns goalkeeper David de Gea. Van Gaal has dropped de Gea following months of speculation linking the Spaniard with a move to Real Madrid, but the manager said that he was happy to take a back seat in the club's transfer dealings.
"We will have to wait and see," he said. "I don't want to interfere. As a club, we have divided our tasks and the task is for (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward and not me."
On the game, van Gaal said: "It is a feeling of frustration, but more disappointment.
"For 85 minutes, we were the dominant side. However, we lost the game in five minutes. And we lost because they changed the shape.
"Both teams did everything to win, but in five minutes, they changed shape and scored twice. It's a big lesson to us because we have to adapt far more quickly than we did. They changed and we didn't see it."
Van Gaal was in no mood to point the finger at individuals and dismissed suggestions Romero had been partly at fault for both goals.
"In the end, the pressure for the last defender or the goalkeeper is always higher than it is farther up the pitch," he said. "But I don't agree that the goalkeeper was not so good today."
Meanwhile, Swansea manager Garry Monk is in no rush to add anyone to his squad, following an impressive win that left his side in fourth place.
"I'm very happy," said the former Swansea centre back, who has won all three of his league games as a manager against United by a 2-1 scoreline.
"I felt we should make a tactical change in the second half and I thought that allowed us to get back into the game. It was the right thing to do and it made us more of a threat."