Wayne Rooney: Man United weren’t good enough for top four finish

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes his side deserved their fifth-placed finish in the Premier League this season.

Man United have enjoyed a solid record against the top sides in the division this term but their inability to beat the so-called minnows has been their undoing and this season has gone down as a resounding failure.

Speaking after United’s 3-1 victory over Bournemouth on Tuesday, the final league game of the season, Rooney insisted that he and his teammates have to do better.

“It is the worst amount of goals since 1990,” he said.

“We haven’t scored enough goals this season. In the Premier League, after 38 games, you finish where you deserve to finish. There are no complaints from us as players. We weren’t good enough to finish in the top four this season and we need to improve on that next season.”

United’s poor goalscoring record this season has certainly contributed to their downfall and the blame for that has to lie with Louis van Gaal’s negative tactics.

Van Gaal has a talented squad full of international players at his disposal but his style of play prioritises possession and restricting the other side’s strengths rather than taking the game to their opponents.

A number of players have regressed under van Gaal’s system and the Dutchman is the common denominator in their respective stories. It is clear for all to see that he has to go.

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