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Van Nistelrooy: Martial Should Lead The Line

Ex Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has urged his former club to play new teenage signing Anthony Martial as the main striker, instead of captain Wayne Rooney.

The Dutchman was one of the most prolific strikers of all time during his time at United. The 39-year-old scored 150 goals in just over 200 appearances in all competitions.

However, the former striker believes Martial, who arrived from Monaco for £36m, should be Manchester United’s outright striker this season.

Martial scored on his Manchester United debut against Liverpool last week and has been compared to fellow countryman Thierry Henry.

“He looks like the out-and-out striker that is needed,” said Van Nistelrooy.

“It would be a good combination if Martial was up front and Rooney was just off him. That would be a good strike force.”

Wayne Rooney has missed United’s last two games due to a hamstring injury, but he is expected to return from injury for Sunday’s Premier League game at Southampton – meaning that there could be no place in the squad for Martial.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said in the summer that Rooney, who played in midfield for periods of last season, would be his main striker this time around. Rooney has struggled for league form so far, not netting once in his opening 4 games.

“Wayne Rooney is playing in that position but I don’t think he is an out-and-out striker,” added Van Nistelrooy.

“But obviously he can fulfil that role and score his goals.”

[Quotes via BBC Sport]