THe Man United captain has been deployed in both the No.10 and number No.9 roles this season as the Reds try and figure out where his best position is in this system. Rooney has been underwhelming thus far this campaign and there is a feeling that United are still trying to fit him into their system.
Rooney has just two goals to his name in the Premier League, a tally that is extremely disappointing for a player of his calibre. The Englishman has struggled this season, no matter what position he plays in but van Gaal feels Rooney’s role depends more on the opposition than it does his own players.
“It’s dependable of the opponent, quality of the opponent and dependable of the quality of his fellow players and if they can bring something else so we can hurt the opponent.” The manager said.
Rooney started United’s Champions League game against CSKA Moscow in the number 10 role and showed a slight improvement on the performances he had during recent weeks. AFter the substitution of Anthony Martial, the captain moved further forward, leading the line for the Reds. He didn’t disappoint as his header gave United a crucial three points and sent them top of their group.
It was an indication that perhaps the number nine role is Rooney’s best. However, with Martial also vying for the central striking spot it could be tough for England’s leading goalscorer to get an extended run in that position. Based on current form, the Frenchman would definitely need to start ahead of Rooney and only time will tell whether van Gaal agrees.