The 30-year-old was once again uninspiring, like all of his Man United team-mates were, in the 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace and it was the latest in a strong of off colour performances for Rooney.
In all honesty, Rooney has been on the downward slope for the last two years but despite the increased pressure that’s weighing on Rooney’s shoulders following a continued set off poor games, van Gaal is dismissing it all.
Van Gaal adamant in press conference here he hasn't lost confidence in Rooney. Rooney, he says, has "more credits" than any other player
— Daniel Taylor (@DTathletic) November 2, 2015
Sorry Louis but when you get your captain playing so consistently out of form, you can, as manager, expect to be questioned about him every week. The fans deserve to know what’s going on and the press are certainly going to be interested.
Is van Gaal giving Rooney more room for error based on his previous exploits for United? By the sounds of it, that’s exactly what he’s doing and that’s a very dangerous path to go down. When it comes to player selection, van Gaal has previously insisted he chooses his best players on form alone but there’s a hint of hypocrisy in the notion that Rooney is allowed more leeway simply because of who is or what he has done.
The strangest part of all of this is that during the summer, van Gaal was ruthless with Robin van Persie – a player who was one of his golden boys from the 2014 World Cup – yet he seems to be taking a different approach to the Rooney situation. What has caused that change in mindset?
As for Rooney having ‘more credits’ than any other player, I’m sure Bastian Schweinsteiger – Champions League and World Cup winning captain – might beg to differ…