Van Persie may miss the Preston game on Monday night due to injury but van Gaal said Fellaini’s new position means Rooney can stay in the middle of the park.
Speaking about Fellaini and Rooney, van Gaal said: “I am looking for different kinds of strikers and I hope you know I have five now.
“I have to compare and decide where a player has to play to make the biggest contribution and, while I agree that maybe Rooney is better as a striker if I play him there, then I have a problem in midfield.”
With the likes of Angel di Maria, Juan Mata, Daley Blind, Adnan Januzaj and Fellaini on the books at United, van Gaal’s comments on Rooney are puzzling. It is particularly frustrating for United fans given Rooney’s mediocre performances from midfield this season.
Although United are undoubtedly getting the results they need, performances have to improve if they are to qualify for the Champions League and it is unlikely that they will if Rooney continues in midfield.