Manchester United chiefs ‘fear missing out on Dortmund star’

Date published: Thursday 19th May 2016 9:15

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: A target for Liverpool

The Man United board will meet to discuss Louis van Gaal’s future amid concerns that even more summer targets will slip through their grasp.

Bayern Munich have already stolen a march on the Red Devils with the early captures of German centre-back Mats Hummels and Portuguese starlet Renato Sanches, and the Daily Mail have reported that Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang could be the next near-miss at Old Trafford.

A new forward is said to be one of the top priorities this summer after Van Gaal’s side scored just 49 league goals this season and were prevented a Champions League spot due to their inferior goal difference to arch-rivals Manchester City.

Aubameyang has been in sensational form with 40 goals in 48 appearances for Borussia Dortmund this season, 25 of which came in the Bundesliga.

However, the Manchester United hierarchy are thought to be fearful of being unable to attract such high-profile targets if they allow Van Gaal to continue in his role as manager, with the Dutchman coming under heavy criticism for his negative playing style.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are reportedly poised to bring Sheffield United coach Nick Cox into their academy set-up from next season onward and work alongside former Red Devils midfielder Nicky Butt.

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