Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says that his side will be looking to get a new creative midfielder in the summer after admitting that the Red Devils are desperately in need of such a kind of player.
The 63-year-old Dutchman has juggled with a lot of formations and systems this season, even forcing United captain Wayne Rooney to play out of position in midfield as he looks to bring balance to the team.
However, despite saying that Rooney is comfortable in midfield, van Gaal, who will take his side to face Preston North End in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday, admits that he has been forced to play the 29-year-old striker out of position due to there being "no one else".
"Wayne is playing in midfield because there is no one else. He's happy to do so otherwise he should come to me and say he's not, but he never does. He's always friendly to me and wants to perform," the former Barcelona boss told Sky Sports.
"But of course when the whole world is writing that he has to be in the striker's position then he will be thinking 'hey, maybe'. He's human."
And due to this reason the Dutchman has confirmed that signing a "creative player" will be United's "priority this summer."
"Signing a creative player should be our priority this summer," added Van Gaal. "I'm looking for balance and I need it in midfield."
Although van Gaal feels that United do have creative players in the form of Adnan Januzaj, Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie, he believes that the Red Devils are still looking for a player who can bring balance to the team.
"In the last few games I've played Adnan Januzaj and Angel di Maria in the midfield positions, and you need a certain balance for that kind of creative player," added the Dutchman.
"Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie are also creative players so then you have four of them, and you still have to look for balance in your team."
The Red Devils, who had been linked to a lot of creative players including Roma's Kevin Strootman and Juventus' Paul Pogba this season, will probably re-igniting their interest in these players when the summer transfer window opens after the end of this season.