Fellaini to play up front against Brugge, reveals Louis Van Gaal

first_img1 Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring a late goal against Club Brugge Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed midfielder Marouane Fellaini will play as a forward against Club Brugge on Wednesday evening.United are overwhelming favourites to secure a return to the Champions League group stages having won the first leg of their play-off last week 3-1.Van Gaal has brought just 18 players for the second leg trip to Belgium, and Fellaini looks likely to start after scoring the vital third goal in stoppage time last week.And the Dutch boss revealed that he intends to use the 6ft 4in as a striker this term, rather than in midfield, which in part explains why United are yet to buy a forward despite their struggles in front of goal.“He can play in a nine position and a 10,” Van Gaal said.“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, meanwhile, is keen to play up front if his manager believes that is the best place for him.“In the past I have played number 10 and number nine sometimes so I can play there and help my team-mates and my team,” the former Everton man said.“It is different to play midfield and striker but I enjoy all the positions I can play.”Brugge manager Michel Preud’homme claimed it would take a “miracle” for his injury-ravaged squad to overturn United’s two-goal advantage in Flanders.But Van Gaal has told his players to be wary the hosts, who came from 2-1 down to beat Panathinaikos 4-2 over two legs in the previous qualifying round.“They won against their Greek opponent 3-0 so they are capable to do that with the support of the fans,” the United manager added.“I don’t think my players shall take it easy.”last_img

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