The striker has been coming under huge amounts of pressure this season as he struggles to find form and as Rooney approaches his 30th birthday, his manager has been speaking about the longevity of his captains career. The Englishman has come under criticism for his performances this season, with many beginning to think that his age is starting to catch up on him.
There has been an obvious drop in Rooney’s form this season with just two goals in the league so far. England’s leading goal scorer put in yet another underwhelming display in his sides 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow and van Gaal thinks his hard work and determination will allow him to keep playing for a long time.
“It’s dependent on the player,” he said. “You cannot predict that. How he lives as a professional, how strong he is, how ambitious he is. It’s always dependent on a lot of factors. So we will have to see.”
There have been calls for Rooney to be dropped on countless occasions this season as the now 30-year-old continues to struggle. However, Rooney scored in Man United’s last Premier league outing, netting the third goal and final goal in a convincing victory over Everton.
The Englishman has a great record against Manchester City, United’s next opponents and is often the sort of player who goes on goalscoring streaks. Taking this into consideration, Sunday’s game against the Reds bitter rivals could be the perfect opportunity for Rooney to silence his critics and prove he can do a job at the top level for years to come.