Wednesday 26 August 2015

Fellaini to be used as striker by LVG

United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that he intends to use Marouane Fellaini as a striker this season having strengthened in midfield.

The Reds may have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, but their form in front of goal has been far from prolific.
United have scored just twice in three league matches- and one of those was an own goal by Kyle Walker.
Wayne Rooney, who has failed to score in 10 league matches, and Javier Hernandez are yet to open their account whilst James Wilson has not featured in the squad.

Despite being linked with a number of targets (getting more ridiculous by the day)- Van Gaal insists he does not need to sign a striker before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday.

That can in part be explained by his plan for Fellaini, which was revealed on the eve of United's Champions League play-off second leg against Club Brugge.
"He can play in the nine position and as a ten" said LVG
"He can also play as a six and eight, but this year he shall play more at nine and 10 because we have other players in the six and eight."

Fellaini's height, strength and aerial prowess make him ideal for the role of lone frontman- a position he played at Everton- but he only scored seven goals last season- half the total of leading marksman Rooney.

The Belgian scored a key stoppage time header to give United a 3-1 advantage over Brugge last week, however, and is keen to play up front if his manager believes that is the best place for him.

"In the past I have played number 10 and number nine sometimes also so I can play there and help my team-mates and my team" explained Fellaini.
Fellaini became something of a scapegoat under the failed tenure of David Moyes, and it was anticipated that he would be sold by Van Gaal last summer.
But LVG kept faith with the 6ft 4in midfielder and his form was key to the turnaround in the club's fortunes last winter.
The £27.5 million signing is glad to have put the dark days of his first season at Old Trafford behind him, and added:

"Everyone knows my first season was difficult but it is the past, now I look forward.
"Last season I did quite well and I want to continue like that, I know my team mates and my manager and I am just looking forward to doing well and scoring some goals."

Fellaini is expected to replace Adnan Januzaj in a 4-2-3-1 formation, behind Rooney, against Brugge on Wednesday. 

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