Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has backed under fire striker Wayne Rooney to start scoring despite his goalless start to the campaign piling pressure on the Dutchman, the Daily Express reports.
With the Champions League qualifying clash with Belgian outfit Club Brugge on the horizon, van Gaal is aware that a £50m bounty is riding on the outcome, but despite the pressure he is staunch in his defence of Rooney, who has looked out of sorts over the past month.
The Dutchman backed his captain to score between 20-30 goals this term, but Rooney has failed the find the net in eight of his past competitive fixtures for the Red Devils, and touched the ball only once in the area during Friday night’s clash with Aston Villa.
“For one year the media have advised me to put him in the striker’s position,” he said. “So it is amazing that after two matches you are doubting your own opinion. I cannot understand that. I always have confidence in my players.
“But we don’t only have Wayne Rooney. We have Adnan Januzaj, who showed in pre-season he can play in the striker’s role, Chicarito [Javier Hernandez] and James Wilson, so we don’t lack strikers.”
“Maybe you can ask the board of Manchester United if you can be the trainer coach or the manager and then you can discuss it with your staff. I don’t discuss it with the media,” he retorted.
“I can’t say nothing because when I say something the media put it in another context. I noticed that with my words about David De Gea and I am very disappointed you [the media] do that. It is better not to answer certain questions.”
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