Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has ruled out the possibility of playing Marouane Fellaini as a striker despite his team’s lack of goals in recent weeks, Mirror reports.
The 27-year-old has only been used as a striker once and is often brought on as an impact sub, with his playing time being very limited.
United have failed to score a single goal in their last three fixtures in all competitions, drawing 0-0 against Manchester City as well as Crystal Palace in the league and Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup.
Van Gaal revealed that he sees Fellaini as a secondary choice in attack depending on the opponent’s style of play and is urging him to prove his worth as a midfielder and not a striker.
“When I put him on as a striker, he is only a striker in Plan B, not Plan A,” he said.
“He has to compete as a midfielder because he is more a midfielder than a striker,”
United striker Wayne Rooney has also been criticised in recent weeks for his lack of goals, scoring only two from his previous 10 Premier League appearances.
The manager will be hoping all that changes when his side host CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford in the Champions League this Tuesday.