Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Marouane Fellaini will be deployed in a more attacking role this season.
The Red Devils are in Belgium for the second leg of their Champions League qualifier against Club Brugge tomorrow evening which they go into with a 3-1 advantage thanks to two goals from Memphis Depay and one from Fellaini.
Speaking ahead of the game in Brugge, Van Gaal spoke to the media and confirmed that the Belgian international will continue to play farther up field, rather than in a more traditional midfield role, as he did last season.
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The Dutch boss said: "He can play as a number nine and a number ten, and he can also play as a number 6 and number eight. This year he will play more as a number nine and number ten rather than six and eight because there we have other players."
As it stands Wayne Rooney is Manchester United's senior striker, with Javier Hernandez and James Wilson offering support.
Van Gaal has been urged to sign a big-name striker in the summer transfer window but may be tempted to stick with his options given the support that Fellaini, as well as new signing Memphis Depay, can offer in attack.
The likes of Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani and Thomas Muller have all been linked with a move to Old Trafford in order to bolster the front line, but none of those deals seem likely before the window shuts.
Fellaini, who is yet to make an appearance for the Red Devils in the Premier League following his red card against Hull on the last day of last season, insists he is happy to play in any position as long as he is on the field.
"Everyone know my first season was difficult, but now it's in the past. I look forward," he said. Last season I did quite well and I want to continue. I know my team-mates, the manager and his philosophy. I am looking to do well and score goals."