Manchester United round-up: Marouane Fellaini likes to play upfront

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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed that he likes to play upfront after scoring the Red Devils’ second goal against Preston North End in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday night.

The 27-year-old scored his fourth goal of the season against the League One side to help set up a mouth-watering quarter-final tie between United and Arsenal at Old Trafford next month.

And after the match, Fellaini told BBC Sport that he enjoys playing further forward because it allows him to score goals.

"We knew it would be very hard but we win today and that's the most important,” Fellaini said. “We changed the game, we know the quality of Ashley Young, he can cross and it was an important substitution.

"I like to play forward, I can score goals but the manager is the boss."

Fellaini has enjoyed a surprising upturn in fortunes under United’s current manager Louis van Gaal, who was tipped to offload the Belgium international last summer following a difficult debut season at Old Trafford.

David Moyes brought Fellaini to Old Trafford in the summer of 2013 - agreeing to pay former club Everton a cool £27.5 million for his services - and the powerful midfielder endured an injury-hit first season at Old Trafford, making 21 appearances in all competitions while failing to score a single goal.

But he has become a useful option for Manchester United this season, and Van Gaal may opt to continue playing the 27-year-old in a more-advanced role during the final months of the campaign.

Manchester United consider Raphael Varane bid

Meanwhile, the Red Devils are reportedly weighing up a bid for Real Madrid’s classy centre-back Raphael Varane, according to the Mirror.

The France international, widely considered the best young central defender in world football, is understood to be in the process of considering his options after struggling to nail down a first-team place at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has often selected Pepe and Sergio Ramos ahead of the 21-year-old - and both Manchester United and Chelsea are keen to lure the young star to the Premier League this summer.

Manchester United to offer Drew Lewis a trial

And finally, Manchester United are planning to offer a shock trial to Southport striker Drew Lewis.

The 19-year-old is on the radar of a host of Football League clubs after scoring an eye-catching 38 goals so far this season in Southport’s reserve side - and the Red Devils will offer the teenager a chance to impress at Carrington, according to the Daily Mail.

United have already made two surprise acquisitions this season. Talented defender Sadiq El Fitouri signed a permeant deal from Salford City, while Andy Kellett completed a shock loan move to Old Trafford from Bolton Wanderers at the end of the winter transfer window.

Should Manchester United play Fellaini upfront? Would Varane be the perfect summer signing? Have you seen anything of Drew Lewis? Tell us your thoughts to these issues in the comments below.

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