David Moyes' striking dilemma

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Manchester United's new manager David Moyes has already faced his first selection headache at Old Trafford as he attempts to resolve the problem with the striking options at his disposal.

United regularly played in a 4-2-3-1 formation for most of last season - requiring only one striker - and the automatic choice for that lone role upfront was the outstanding Robin van Persie.

Rooney was forced to play mostly in a centre attacking or centre midfield position due to Van Persie's unstoppable scoring ability while Chicarito was played mostly as a substitute or in Cup games

Welbeck was further forced into a winger's role as most of United's wingers were in mediocre form. 

With Rooney announcing his desire to play as the central forward again and also handing in a transfer request, with Welbeck and Chicarito asking for more game-time as a striker, Moyes will have a hard time pleasing all four if he does not change anything.

There are only two real long-lasting solutions here: Moyes will have to either sell one of them or loan them, or switch up the formation of United's attack. With the 4-2-3-1 formation focusing on wing-play, it will actually be unreliable for United to play this formation all the time when their wingers are not in great shape. Valencia and Nani did not have the best of seasons to say the least, with the latter possibly leaving and Young still injured, can United rely on new signing Wilfried Zaha or Robin Van Persie's goalscoring ability to hold them up to defend the title?

On the other hand, Rooney and Chicarito had shown in games over the past season, they can work well when linked up with each other closely and with Kagawa behind them they are an unstoppable force.

This could lead the way for United to revert back into using a 4-4-2 formation they had previously used for many seasons, playing two strikers simultaneously.

Moyes can experiment playing both formations depending on the opponent.

The other option - selling a striker - while less favourable, could solve the problem. With Rooney still in his prime, he could be sold for a considerable amount to another club. Chicarito and Welbeck have great potential and are still young, which adds to their value if they are to be sold.

No matter the decision, Moyes will have to solve this problem eventually and hopefully, we will see all the four of them playing the amount of time they deserve for Manchester United next season.


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