Rooney has been in poor form for Man United this season in comparison to how good he can be and there are questions being asked among Man United fans as to whether he would be dropped for a period.
However, van Gaal’s comments make it clear that captain Rooney won’t be dropped which indicates he will continue in his starting role against Arsenal on Sunday.
Speaking about Rooney, van Gaal said: “I would be very pleased if Rooney was used sparingly by England, because he is playing all the matches with me.
“But he is the captain of the team and you cannot mix the interests of the English national team with Manchester United.
“I shall be very pleased, however, when he spares him for a match, because he has already qualified.
“But he is still the captain – I know that.”
Playing Rooney against Arsenal is a bit of a no brainer given that he always seems to score against the London club but it’s still a bit of a worry that his privileges mean he plays every game when fit, regardless of his performances.
If Rooney didn’t have the armband on, he would almost certainly have been dropped already at some point this season but he knows his position in the team is secure and a complacent Rooney is a dangerous one for all the wrong reasons.
We’re critical of Rooney because we all know and have seen how much better he is than his current form yet, as it stands, that’s not how van Gaal feels.