Man United boss hints at new role for former Everton bruiser

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has suggested he now has five strikers available ahead of the Red Devils’ FA Cup fifth round clash against Preston North End on Monday evening as he reiterated that he intends to continue to use Marouane Fellaini as a makeshift frontman.

As if the current roster of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and James Wilson wasn’t enough, the Dutchman is convinced that he can convert Fellaini into a fifth striker – a position the Belgian played in during United’s 1-1 draw against West Ham United in the Premier League last weekend.

“I am looking for different kinds of strikers and I hope you know I have five now,” Van Gaal said.

The 63 year-old has come under fire from certain sections of the Manchester United support for opting to play Wayne Rooney in a holding midfielder role rather than in his preferred striking position. Rooney has still failed to register a single shot on target for United in 2015.

Man United are currently third in the Premier League with 47 points from 25 games.