Louis van Gaal has spoken about Marouane Fellaini’s position at the club, insisting that he has yet to decide whether he will start him in midfield against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.
He has to compete as a midfielder because he is more a midfielder than a striker. He has to compete with players in his position and I have to compare and think how we have to play and then I decide. It is always like that. It is not a question that he does not play well because I think he was one of my better players on Wednesday [against Middlesbrough]. It is also dependable on the game plan and how I want to put my midfield out.
Fellaini has been used up front as a last resort when United are struggling to score, with Van Gaal acknowledging this is his Plan B. The Belgian has started up front once, when United beat Liverpool 3-1.
When I put him on as a striker, he is only a striker in Plan B, not Plan A. He has played as a striker once, against Liverpool, but that was because I had a problem [with injuries] and that is why I made him the striker from the beginning. However, that is not normal.