Louis van Gaal has told BBC Sport that Marouane Fellaini will play as a forward this season. This decision is sure to surprise some United fans and seems like a blessing to their opponents because Fellaini is not regarded as an out and out striker.
This will also come as a blow to the likes of returning loanee, Javier Hernandez and youngster, James Wilson who have waited patiently for their call ups and will see this move as a possible step back for their careers.
Last season, on a number of occasions, Van Gaal chose to put Marouane Fellaini upfront alongside Wayne Rooney to add an aerial threat to the sometimes whimpering frontline, who failed to provide last season.
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Rooney scored his last league goal against Aston Villa in April 2015, whilst Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao lacked any real danger last season – a failing in boys that has seen both players leave Old Trafford this summer.
After seeing his West Ham United side slip to a late Daley Blind equaliser last season at the Boleyn Ground, Sam Allardyce accused United of being a long ball team when they began sending the ball towards the 18-yard box, aims for their target man Fellaini.
Van Gaal considered his an insult and pointed out that hardly any passes were lumped forward in a comical press conference, hence his choice.
In the game at Crystal Palace, Fellaini was strong and dominant in the air; against Manchester City in the Old Trafford Derby, Fellaini caused the back four problems and beat Joe Hart with a header.
It appears to Van Gaal that Fellaini presence up top has proven to cause sides issues.
Marouane Fellaini, not too dissimilar to Wayne Rooney, is known for his lack of temperament at times.
He likes to lean with his elbow, will not back out of a challenge even if he is never going to make it and will lose his cool if provoked. These three characteristics spell trouble for Louis van Gaal.
Fellaini is always likely to pick up a booking and if he accumulates too many too fast, he will face bans.
If the manager has a forward, who cannot control his temper, and possibly if Wayne Rooney loses his cool too, Van Gaal will be left with a selection dilemma throughout the season.
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Personally, it's a risky tactic from Van Gaal, Giggs and company, who have failed to secure a top striker signing in the latest transfer window to replace outgoing Robin van Persie and flop, Radamel Falcao.
If his ambitions for the league are sincere, he may be better bringing in hungry players like James Wilson and Javier Hernandez, who are natural strikers and who want to play football, score goals and impress.
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