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Fellaini as No. 9?

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It’s been a no brainer that Louis van Gaal prefers using Fellaini as a frontline man for the physical presence and aerial domination he brings to the team’s attack and it looks a decent bet as long as United faces teams with less physicality, with constant regular crosses hoiked into the box in search of his afro-head. However, Fellaini is not a No.9. He hasn’t been trained as a front striker and therefore he doesn’t possess the natural poacher’s instinct and anticipation of a striker and it was pretty much evident in the first half when he couldn’t even predict the direction of the cross and hence couldn’t synchronize his movements in response for Damian’s, Memphis’, Mata’s and Shaw’s crosses.

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