Van Gaal to use Fellaini as a striker

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said that Marouane Fellaini could be deployed as a striker as his side continue to struggle in front of goal.

The Red Devils have scored just twice in their opening three Premier League matches of the new season, with their first goal of the 2015/16 campaign coming courtesy of an own-goal from Tottenham defender Kyle Walker.

Wayne Rooney has returned to the role of an out-and-out striker after having been deployed in a deeper role in recent seasons, and the United skipper has struggled thus far, with questions asked whether he will be able to shoulder the lion's share of the goal-scoring duties for the Red Devils after failing to score in his last 10 matches.

United were linked with a move for Barcelona forward Pedro prior to the Spaniard's transfer to Chelsea, and there have also been reports suggesting that Van Gaal is interested in acquiring the services of Thomas Muller from Bayern München, while the name of Barca ace Neymar has also been bandied about.

However, Van Gaal believes that the solution to United's goal-scoring troubles could already be at Old Trafford, in the form of Fellaini.

"He can play in a nine position and a 10," Van Gaal said of the Belgian international.

"He can also play at six and eight, but this year he shall play more at nine and 10 because there we have other players."

Fellaini, who has struggled to tie down a regular starting berth since joining the club from Everton in 2013, was often deployed by the Toffees as a striker, with the 1.94m Belgian possessing great strength in addition to his considerable height.

For his part, the 27-year-old is happy to play in the midfield or up front as he continues to turn his United career around after a poor first campaign.

"In the past I played No10 and No9 sometimes when I had to help the team, he said. "It’s not important where I play, it’s important to win the game. It’s different playing midfielder and striker or No10 but I enjoy all the positions I can play.

"Last season I did well and I want to continue like that. I know the philosophy of the manager and am looking forward to doing well and scoring some goals."

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