Louis van Gaal discusses dropping Man Utd skipper Wayne Rooney
Louis van Gaal has discussed dropping Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney who is struggling for form.
The Dutch boss has come under increasing pressure to axe the forward who has just two goals in 10 appearances this term with some believing he is past his best.
United play CSKA Moscow in the Champions League this week and face the prospect of four straight games without a goal – a record that stretches back to 1992 for the club.
The emergence of Anthony Martial has only served to underline the woes of Rooney especially with the young striker being pushed out wide to accommodate his English counterpart.
Rooney’s away form in front of goal has also been questioned after he had failed to find the back of the net away from Old Trafford for 11 months before the recent Everton game.
He endured a dismal performance in the draw with Manchester City, where he failed to touch the ball more than once in the opposition’s box, and then again at the weekend in the draw with Crystal Palace.
And Van Gaal has said he is not afraid to drop Rooney.
“That is not a big issue for me but it is more a big issue for the players,” said Van Gaal according to the Star. “They are not so easy to convince.
“Not only for Wayne. I have done that for all my players. For example, Paddy McNair had a week in Ireland last week.
“When we think it is better, I do that. It is not a big issue for me because even when I was a very young trainer-coach I did it with Jari Litmanen.
“You can discuss everything about the scoring of Wayne Rooney but you can also discuss why other clubs are not scoring.”