The club captain has been in unconvincing form since the beginning of the season but despite that, Van Gaal’s faith and loyalty in Rooney remains unchanged, despite there being plenty of moans and groans at Rooney’s performance so far.
Ahead of Man United’s game against Club Brugge on Tuesday, Van Gaal questioned the media’s treatment of Rooney, having condemned the manager’s use of the England captain in midfield last season.
Speaking about Rooney, Van Gaal said: “All the media has written for one year that I have to put him in the striker’s position, so it’s amazing that after two games you’re doubting your own opinions, I cannot understand that.
“I have always confidence in my players.”
Rooney has struggled in United’s two opening games of the season but it is obvious his manager thinks he can improve in his preferred striker role.
Having chosen not to sign another striker so far this summer, Van Gaal is banking on Rooney to come good in front of goal this season in a central striker position.
With two home games against Brugge and Newcastle United fast approaching, the manager will be hoping his skipper can get off the mark for the season and move even closer to Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record for United.