Ruud van Nistelrooy gives his verdict on Manchester United's striker situation

Van Nistelrooy

The United icon has some advice for the club's Dutch manager.

Former prolific Manchester United goalscorer Ruud van Nistelrooy believes Louis van Gaal should play skipper Wayne Rooney in behind young forward Anthony Martial to sort out the club's striker conundrum, according to Sky Sports.

Indeed, 19-year-old Martial come on to score a fine goal against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon - albeit against some very suspect 'defending' from Martin Skrtel.

Rooney, meanwhile, has looked far more convincing of late in a deeper role. As such, there is a logical solution for Manchester United...

Van Nistelrooy is quoted as saying by Sky: "Wayne Rooney is playing in that position but I don't think he is an out-and-out striker.

"Obviously he can fulfill that role and score his goals but it would be a good combination if Martial was up front and Rooney was just off him. That would be a good strike force."

The suggestion certainly makes sense. There have been times so far this season where Rooney has simply looked awful on his own up front for Manchester United, a lot of which has been to do with poor service.

From a deeper position, not only can the captain threaten more going forward, he can provide that service for others - notably Martial.

It's interesting that a manager like Van Gaal, a Champions League winner, could learn from Roy Hodgson, a man who failed miserably at Liverpool, but the fact is he could. When the England boss brought Harry Kane on against Switzerland, Kane led the line and Rooney looked five times the player in behind him.

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