Despite spending over 200 million over two windows, Louis van Gaal admits that Manchester United are still lacking a top quality player that makes the difference between a good team and a great one. In a recent interview, Van Gaal had hinted at the signing of a creative marquee player, but completely rules out Ronaldo to be the said player.

Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United are still lacking a a marqueea player to compete with the very best a but has ruled out Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford.

The summer has been a productive one for Louis van Gaal, as United have bought in much needed players in vital positions. While Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin have been heralded as uber effective additions, the glitz and glamour of a marquee player, that brings both stardom and substance, has been lacking this window.

We still have to buy a player with speed and creativity – Louis Van Gaal

While the pre-season has given United reason to be cautiously optimistic, Van Gaal insists his squad is still lacking a top-quality player with a speed and creativitya to be on a par with the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Real Madrid . .

”I can give examples of champions, Bayern Munich have (Franck) Ribery and (Arjen) Robben, Chelsea have (Eden) Hazard and Willian, Real Madrid – Ronaldo and (Gareth) Bale, Barcelona have Neymar and (Lionel) Messi,a said Van Gaal.

Manchester United fans want us to compete with these teams.

“(Ashley) Young and (Juan) Mata had fantastic seasons (last year), with assists and goals, but to win the Champions League you need speed also. That is why I think, maybe, we still have to buy a player with speed and creativity.a

Whilst the last comment would have had both Young an Mata perplexed, van Gaal is aware that United need an X-Factor when it comes to the biggest stage in Europe. While the likes of Young and Mata have earned their plaudits, there’s no denying that the Red Devils need a bit extra to go over the line.

Since declaring to the media that a ‘surprise secret signing‘ is in store, the internet has been rife with theories as to whom it could be. As always, Cristiano Ronaldo’s name was thrown into the hat, surprisingly receiving more mileage than any of the other prospective candidates.

It is not possible – Van Gaal on Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford

Ronaldo would be the a Gaalacticoa signing that United fans would be desperate to see, however Van Gaal insists that a deal for the Real Madrid man is not on the cards.

a It is not possible,a he said.

a Why not? Because you have the club (Real Madrid), Ronaldo and then you have Manchester United and how much Manchester United want to spend.”

Regardless of the implications of van Gaal’s statements, United look to spend more than the A?75 Million they have till now, to bring in one more marquee signing, to take this bold new Manchester United side to the greatest of heights.