According to Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, Wayne Rooney still has a future at the club as a striker. Rooney has not scored now in eight games since he was moved to play in midfield with the 29-year-old set to play in that position Wednesday night when United take on lowly Burnley at Old Trafford.
“It can change every week,” said Van Gaal. “It is dependable on the circumstances.”
Rooney said back in 2013 that he would have to consider his future at the club when then manager Sir Alex Ferguson played him in the middle of the park.
Dutchman van Gaal claims that Rooney is being played in a deeper role to accommodate strikers Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.
“When I am not lining up Falcao, you are asking ‘where is Falcao?’,” said the Dutchman.
“When I don’t line up Van Persie you are asking ‘where is van Persie?’.
“When I play Rooney in midfield I know in advance he is not always in the situation to score.”
United is currently fourth in the table, one point behind third-placed Southampton, who take on West Ham at home Wednesday night.