Rooney once again put in a poor display as Man United suffered a 3-0 defeat against Arsenal on Sunday.
The United captain has come under fire this season following a number of subpar displays and his performance against Arsenal will only intensify the scrutiny surrounding him.
Van Gaal refused to talk about Rooney following the loss at the Emirates stadium.
“I can never answer that. When I answer in positive way, it’s maybe not good. When negative, it’s in headlines,” van Gaal said.
Rooney has been awful time and time again this season but van Gaal has refused to drop him from the team.
The experienced Dutchman has explained that Rooney’s status as captain gives him special privileges but supporters’ patience with Rooney is growing thin. Whether Rooney is included in the team to face Everton following the international break remains to be seen.