Louis van Gaal confirms Man United’s surprise striker choice as window’s closure looms

Louis van Gaal has seemingly confirmed that he does not plan to add another striker to his Manchester United squad after suggesting that one member of the Red Devils’ midfield is ready to make the step forward, the Metro report.

The man that the Dutchman plans to provide with an opportunity to shine in an attacking role is Marouane Fellaini, and van Gaal suggested that his versatility was the reason for the positional shift (via Metro).

“He can play in a 9 position and in a 10 but also 6 and 8,” he said.

“But this year he shall play more 10 and 9 because there [in midfield] we have more players,” he added.

The tactical plan may well disappoint several United fans who were hoping to see a new goalscorer arrive before the transfer window closes next week.

Although the Belgian marked his only appearance of the campaign so far with a late goal in the Champions League play-off tie with Club Brugge, he has hardly been prolific since his switch to Old Trafford – from his 43 Premier League appearances for the club, he has scored just six goals.

However, he was often used as a second striker during his time with Everton, and did an excellent job in the role. His physical presence tends to cause problems for the back four, which allows his strike partner to go under the radar. However, it is much easier for Steven Naismith or Nikica Jelavic to go under the radar, than it is for Wayne Rooney, which may neutralise Fellaini’s threat.

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