Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has questioned Wayne Rooney’s performances as a striker for his side since he took charge of the Old Trafford club.
He said that the forward has done “well, but not spectacular” when played as a centre forward.
The Dutch boss has explained that this is the reason why he’s decided to play him behind a front pairing of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao before today’s match against Leicester City, as reported by Alice McKeehan of the Manchester Evening News, reporting quotes from the manager when speaking on Sky Sports.
Like Van Gaal’s honesty. Just said Rooney’s done ‘well but not spectacular’ as a striker and thinks Falcao will do better in the role #mufc
— Alice McKeegan (@amckeeganMEN) September 21, 2014
Many fans remain undecided on Rooney’s best position when playing, with his goal tally suggesting that he works effectively as a striker.
The player himself prefers to play in an advanced midfield role, but has rarely been used there over the years. There are also questions about his creative ability and whether it is enough to impress in that role when compared to other players.