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Thursday 8 December 2016

LVG backs Rooney

Van Gaal rounds on critics and claims his misfiring skipper is still main man at Old Trafford

Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (C) takes part in a training session in Manchester
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (C) takes part in a training session in Manchester

Louis van GAAL is standing by captain Wayne Rooney despite a wave of negative comment about the Old Trafford skipper's form.

Speaking before Manchester United take on CSKA Moscow on home turf, van Gaal waded into the Rooney debate and said: "I still have confidence in Wayne Rooney."

"You can discuss everything about the scoring of Wayne Rooney but you can also discuss why other clubs are not scoring. But it is always Wayne Rooney and I can imagine that is because Wayne Rooney is a fantastic player so the expectation is much higher on him than another player in another club.

"I have confidence in this player. He gives more than only scoring goals. He is our captain and an example for the whole team. He has more credits than any other player.

"I have explained that to the group already one-and-a-half years ago," he added.

The Dutchman believes that United's poor recent scoring record and current three-game barren run is just part of a cycle.

"Now we are the best defenders of the Premier League, you say we cannot attack and it's not true. It's only a moment in a process. It's a bad period when you don't score. Football is scoring goals," he said.

However, van Gaal also signalled that change may be on the way when he talked up Anthony Martial's credentials as a man to lead the Manchester United strike force.

"I think his best position is the striker's position but he needs to develop himself still," he said.

"He is very young but I think it is better he develops in the striker's position," added the Old Trafford boss.

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