Van Gaal plays down Rooney worries

1915Louis Van Gaal has dismissed concerns over Wayne Rooney’s fitness, suggesting his decision to replace the striker on Saturday against Leicester was not motivated by an injury problem.

Against Claudio Ranieri’s side, Rooney, who has scored just two league goals in 12 appearances this season, was again anonymous before he was substituted with 68 minutes played.

However, Van Gaal said his decision to replace the United captain was a tactical one, rather than being motivated by an injury, as neither Rooney nor Anthony Martial were looking to threaten Leicester’s back four.

“No, I don’t think it’s an injury to Wayne. I wanted to change one of the strikers,'” Van Gaal said.

“It could have been Martial or it could have been Rooney because they were not always running behind the central defenders, and I want that.

“Because of this, I wanted to change but then he was limping and then the choice was easy for me to make.”

4 Comments

  1. Can someone tell me why we play a back three with a defensive slow midfield of carrick and schewini?!?

  2. Can someone explain to me why we let Hernandez go? He’s scoring for fun at Bayer Leverkusen and is far more clinical than Rooney or Martial. Had LVG actually shown some confidence in him I think he could have been a real asset for us this season.

  3. The same could be said of di Maria who is back to his best at PSG. Can you imagine what LVG would do with Ronaldo or Neymar? Suffocate the life out of them!! At this rate, no world class player would want to play under him.

  4. Can someone please explain to me qhy LVG is still manager at Manchester United?
    It appears that neither he nor the OT management knows what they want. If only they had someone involved that knows something about football and how supporters and entertainment correlates?

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