Monday 18 November 2019

Comment: Man United fans having nothing to fear in attack…if bookies are to be believed

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal with Marouane Fellaini
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal with Marouane Fellaini
Barry Lennon

Barry Lennon

Louis van Gaal could put Manchester United on a sure footing this evening if the bookies are to be believed, after hinting he would not seek new forwards before the transfer window ends.

United are 17/20 for tonight’s European clash against Club Brugge and their manager  Michel Preud’homme has already conceded the Belgian underdogs require a ‘miracle’ after seeing Marouane Fellaini  cap a 3-1 scoreline in the first leg with a late goal to seal victory.

Van Gaal has turned to Fellaini for an attacking option for a replacement for Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.

However the latter two’s absence has been keenly felt as United have endured a spate of low-scoring games – registering only two goals in three Premier League games which included two 1-0 victories.

Fellaini proved himself useful in the attack at Everton but the Stretford End craved a star signing in the mould of Neymar or Pedro, before the latter was signed by Chelsea last week.

Since then, Van Gaal justified the use of the towering Belgian, citing his versatility.

“He can play as a number six or number eight but this year he'll be more a number nine or number 10 as we have players in the other positions,” he said.

“His goal last week was very important because now we can start this game with a lot more confidence.”

United will also play Swansea before the transfer deadline closes next week which they are  6/5 favourites.

Van Gaal was not taking any form or indications for granted.

“I don’t think my players shall take it easy. Brugge won their Panathinaikos game 3-0 so they are capable to that with the support of their fans."

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