The 30-year-old was limping during the second half and van Gaal then subsequently took him off just after the hour mark for Memphis Depay.
Unfortunately for United, the substitution didn’t prove fruitful as Memphis was unable to finish a glorious chance he had and the game finished 1-1 but there will be plenty of questions asked about Rooney’s position in the team.
Speaking after the 1-1 draw with Leicester, van Gaal said: “No, I don’t think it’s an injury to Wayne. I wanted to change one of the strikers. It could have been [Anthony] Martial or it could have been Rooney because they were not always running behind the central defenders, and I want that. Because of this, I wanted to change but then he was limping and then the choice was easy for me to make.”
Whether or not the real reason behind Rooney’s substitution was due to his poor performance is subject to opinion but in the King Power Stadium, he was nothing short of atrocious. The fact fans were visibly happy to see Rooney get taken off sums up his current form.
Rooney is a shadow of himself right now and it’s almost reached the stage where fans now feel sorry for him instead of being frustrated. The longer the season goes on, the worse Rooney is getting and although an injury may well have played a role in him being taken off, he absolutely deserved to be taken off for his performance alone anyway.