With Manchester United fans in the Football Transfer Tavern having heard earlier that the club will be sending James Wilson out on loan this month, it seems apparent that Louis van Gaal will indeed be following up on his idea that he’ll be utilising Marouane Fellaini as a striker this season.
United of course brought in Anthony Martial for mega money on deadline day but Wayne Rooney aside, the Red Devils only have that pair as out-and-out strikers with Wilson set to be temporarily released so it appears Belgian international Fellaini will be their emergency option should injuries strike.
A role Fellaini has played in before during his time spent with Everton, the Belgian’s physical presence will ensure he can make a good fist of playing as an emergency striker for Manchester United.
The only problem resides in the fact that United have never really been a long ball team with van Gaal having received flak not only from his own supporters but ironically Sam Allardyce last term for utilising such an unfamiliar style against the Hammers at Upton Park last season.
In fairness, United fans should be expecting their team to be playing pretty, free flowing football given an entire generation of fans have grown up watching the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo but as we’ve seen with this particular United side, van Gaal is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve winning football.
With Manchester City setting the pace this time around, United fans will be content for wins no matter how they come during the early part of the campaign but as we’ve previously seen with all top clubs, they can only do this for so long before having to play an attractive brand of football with flair to boot.
This of course isn’t Fellaini’s style but here’s five reasons why he might be a useful option for United in the striking role this season.
Click on the image below to reveal the 5 reasons why Marouane Fellaini could actually be a decent striking option for Manchester United.