To the surprise of many Manchester United fans on Sunday they were dealt a huge blow in their battle to beat Chelsea. Reports quickly circulated that Martial, Rashford and Wayne Rooney were all out of the squad to face Chelsea today.
With Zlatan Ibrahimović also banned for the game, Manchester United are now left with no recognized striker in their team. Many have been questioning different teams Mourinho could put out to face them. Some have suggested that Mkhitaryan should be used as a CF to combat Chelsea’s high line and get in behind with his pace. However, one man has been mentioned thousands of times on social media, the supposed hero to rescue United’s hope of progressing into the semi-final of the FA Cup. Who is this man you may ask? Marouane Fellaini.
Come to think of it, Fellaini is not as bad as he may seem and is the closest thing we have to Zlatan’s playing style. He is known for his physical attributes so he can hold up play and create space for our faster wingers to attack. He will also be a threat in the air which he is known for and will be the focal point for our wingers to create chances for.
Playing in an advanced attacking role is nothing new for Fellaini. He showed this with David Moyes being deployed as a second striker when all of their strikers were out injured. Finishing with 11 goals in 31 appearances in the 2012/13 season he has shown his goal scoring attributes and it was no surprise he was reunited with his former boss when he was brought him along with him for the surprising fee of 27.5 million on deadline day. Once labelled “as good as anyone in the league” by Moyes he will try and show his worth if he is selected by Jose Mourinho.