Louis Van Gaal is determined to sign a creative midfielder in the summer and reiterated he’s chosen to deploy Wayne Rooney in midfield because of the need to ensure stability in the middle of park.
United spent £58m on Angel Di Maria and £29m on Ander Herrera last summer, but with the former struggling for form and the latter almost systematically ignored by Van Gaal, Rooney has found himself in midfield on a permanent basis since the turn of the year.
Louis Van Gaal has admitted that Wayne Rooney is Manchester United’s best striker but that he’s forced to deploy him in midfield, because of the contribution the United captain offers in that particular role.
Van Gaal’s comments came a couple of days after he admitted that Rooney had failed to impress when deployed as defensive midfielder against Burnley.
Manchester United moved up to third in the table after a largely unconvincing 3-1 win against Burnley last night. United were again slow and predictable in the first half and while things improved in the second 45 minutes, Burnley will feel disappointed they did not take the chances that United’s abysmal defence gifted them.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from last night.
Louis Van Gaal has said that Wayne Rooney still has a future as a striker at Manchester United, despite having been deployed as central midfielder since the turn of the year.
After scoring eight goals and assisted four in the first 14 league games of the season, Rooney’s form has dropped since Van Gaal decided to deploy him deeper to accommodate Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao up-front.
Paul Scholes has described Louis Van Gaal’s reaction to Sam Allardyce’s jibe as “bizarre”, adding that the reaction was not suited to a Manchester United manager.
Following United’s last minute equaliser against West Ham on Sunday, Allardyce slammed United as a “long ball” team, only for Van Gaal to produce a dossier in Tuesday’s press conference showing that Allardyce’s comments were baseless.
North London, 28 April 2013. Manchester United travel to the Emirates having already clinched the title and they are welcomed onto the pitch by a guard of honour, while Sir Alex Ferguson prepares to face Arsene Wenger for the last time in his career.
In the away end’s concourse, travelling United fans have been bouncing long before kick-off.
Angel Di Maria has insisted he’s happy at Manchester United, but conceded that the typical Mancunian weather and the task of learning a new language are hurdles he is yet to overcome.
Since returning from a spell out on the sidelines, the Argentine has failed to recapture the fluency he had shown earlier this season, while rumours linking him with a move to PSG emerged after Di Maria’s house was burgled last week.
However, the former Real Madrid man insisted he’s happy at United.
When Sky Sports finally brought an end to their info graphics and flashing charts that had led an aggressive visual assault on anyone who watched for the last two months, no one was questioning United’s attacking line.
The man that controls Jim White’s unnaturally expressive face took his hand out of his rectum and replaced the animatronic doll in the props cupboard until January.