Fellaini? Mkhi? Young? Who will be United’s striker?

Date published: Monday 13th March 2017 9:59

Marouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Ashley Young are in contention to start as Manchester United’s striker against Chelsea in their FA Cup quarter-final on Monday.

United face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with a place in the FA Cup final four at stake, but Jose Mourinho’s side have a striker crisis on their hands.

Marcus Rashford was expected to start in the absence of the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the teenager has been struck down by an illness.

The club’s other two senior strikers, Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial, are also unavailable through injury, and so Mourinho faces a dilemma.

Paul Hirst of The Times notes that Fellaini ‘is likely to lead the line at Stamford Bridge’.

Fellaini did often feature in a more advanced role at Everton, while he was deployed as a striker in United’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool in September 2015.

Hirst adds: ‘Other than Fellaini, the only possible striking option for Mourinho, it seems, is Ashley Young, who has started up front on occasion for United before.’

Jamie Jackson of The Guardian offers a different solution, involving Mkhitaryan as the most advanced player of an attacking quartet.

He writes that their forward line ‘may feature Henrikh Mkhitaryan as the most advanced player’, while Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata would ‘make up the remainder of the attack’.

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