Alex Ferguson admits Manchester United striker dilemma
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has acknowledged he will have a tough job giving all his strikers adequate time on the pitch this season.
With Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck returning from loan spells away from Old Trafford, Michael Owen retained after signing a one-year contract extension and the partnership of Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez proving potent enough to keep the joint Golden Boot winner, Dimitar Berbatov, out of the side for the big games towards the end of the campaign, Ferguson has a six-strong battery of frontmen.
Given such numbers, it would be no surprise if Ferguson utilised the loan system once more, or even sold Berbatov - as looked likely when he did not even make the bench for May's Champions League final defeat to Barcelona at Wembley.
For now, Ferguson has to try to squeeze them all in.
Hernandez's absence from the opening section of United's five-match United States tour is a help.
It will not be long before the Mexican returns, though. And then the problems begin.
"The problem for all the strikers last year was that the form of Hernandez was just too good," said Ferguson.
"We couldn't leave him out, which caused a headache for me.
"I am going to be picking from six strikers, which isn't a bad thing but sometimes that can be a confusing aspect of team choices."
After a goalless first half, United cut loose immediately after the break, belting four past a New England Revolution outfit that were unable to cope with their visitors' attacking prowess despite them boasting superior fitness levels.
Owen broke the deadlock with a stylish finish before Macheda bagged two, indicating a difficult six months at Sampdoria has not left a scar.
"Macheda's finishes were first class," said Ferguson.
"He is special. At 19 years of age, we still have great hopes for him."
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