That’s according to the Daily Mirror, who claim that the Dutchman isn’t going to oust his Belgian destrier despite Falcao returning from a fruitful international break that saw him net three goals in two games. Van Persie too, having recovered from injury, is looking to force his way back into the picture, but he isn’t going to find it easy.
Fellaini has enjoyed an upturn in fortunes this campaign after being labelled a flop signing in the aftermath of David Moyes’ doomed tenure in the United hot-seat.
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The ex-Everton midfielder has been utilised to great effect in a more advanced position by Van Gaal, and his presence in the final third has allowed United to nick more than one important goal simply by reverting to a plan B that sees them employ a long-ball tactic.
With that in mind certain supporters could back his decision to keep Falcao and Van Persie on the bench, although both men are far more conventional forwards. Prior to moving to United last summer Falcao had established a reputation as one of Europe’s most lethal strikers, whilst Van Persie is still adored in Manchester for his influence in the last title-winning campaign, 2012/13.
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Yet neither man has managed to impress during Van Gaal’s maiden season in English football, and though Van Persie has been working hard in training to prove his fitness and Falcao netted three times for Columbia against Bahrain and Kuwait, Fellaini can be confident of getting the nod.
Such a decision would imply that Van Gaal is happy to have his team relying on the physical capabilities and aerial threat of the 27-year-old when he welcomes Villa to Old Trafford on Saturday.
The midlands-based outfit have looked resurgent under new boss Tim Sherwood but will have their work cut out for them when they take on the Red Devils, who of course are looking to cement a Champions League spot for next term.
If Sherwood is to get something from the game then he’ll more than likely have to keep Fellaini quiet, particularly towards the latter stages of the match if a stalemate looks on the cards. As has already been discussed Van Gaal has no problem reverting to a route one type of football, and when it comes to making a nuisance of himself Fellaini is one of the best in the game.
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