Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal full of praise for Southampton’s Graziano Pelle

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal outlines the qualities of Southampton striker Graziano Pelle.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been singing the praises of Southampton striker Graziano Pelle.

The Italy international has been in impressive form for the Saints so far this season, having joined the Premier League outfit from Feyenoord in the summer transfer window.

In 14 Premier League appearances, Pelle has scored six goals and created 18 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 67% and a shot accuracy of 36%.

Van Gaal, who worked with the 29-year-old at Dutch club AZ, has underlined the qualities of the Italian.

"I am not surprised [at his success] because I bought him at AZ as he was an attacking point,” Sky Sports quotes the Dutchman as saying.”I've said about (Robin) van Persie that I like strikers who are an attacking point, not only a striker who scores goals.

"He is also very creative. He is always seeing the third man. Van Persie is also always seeing the third man.

"Those kind of strikers are the ones I like. So it is not surprising. It may be surprising that he scores nine goals - that is a lot - but he can do it. I knew that.”

Pelle will be leading the line for Southampton against United at St. Mary’s Stadium in the Premier League on Monday.

United will probably head into the game as the favourites, but the Saints have a point to prove following defeats to Manchester City and Arsenal.

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