Manchester United winger informs boss he can play striker role

Manchester United star Ashley Young has told manager Louis van Gaal that he can play as a striker in Wayne Rooney’s absence, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

Rooney sustained a hamstring injury during training last Friday, causing him to miss the Red Devil’s 3-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford during the weekend.

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So Van Gaal used Marouane Fellaini as his striker, although the Belgium international struggled as the lone man up front before the introduction of £36million signing Anthony Martial, who scored the club’s third goal in a dream debut.

However, Young is insisting that he can play in a more central role for United when they face PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League this Tuesday, with the England international playing in a striker role for Aston Villa prior to his £17million switch to Man United back in 2011.

“If the manager wants me to play there, then yes, of course I would,” said Young.

“I can play in lots of positions and I have done that under the manager, whether it’s up front or in midfield. Hopefully I can play there (through the middle), but it’s up to the manager and he has to make those decisions.”

Asked if Van Gaal knows that he can play as a striker, Young replied: “I think he does. He has said it to me before, but it is down to him. He has that headache of picking the team, so rather him than me!”

The 30-year-old played 29 games in all competitions last season, scoring two goals.