It’s been more than six weeks since Wayne Rooney scored a goal in any competition for Manchester United — in total, 774 minutes played since Rooney completed his brace against Newcastle United on Boxing Day.
That might worry some Man United supporters, and perhaps some managers if they were in charge of the club. But Louis van Gaal? No way, the he’s not bothered by Rooney’s lack of goalscoring as he feels it’s a natural consequence of moving into the midfield full time, the first-year Dutch manager said in his Tuesday press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League game against Burnley (Watch live online via Live Extra, 2:45 pm ET).
“When you play in midfield, you are not always in the situation to score. That you know in advance. So when you are saying he’s not scoring anymore, yeah, of course the midfielders are not scoring too much. He is not in the first three, he is in the back three of the midfield.
Follow-up question: “Have we seen the last of Wayne Rooney as a center forward at Manchester United?”
Van Gaal: “No, it’s [dependent] of the circumstances, how we are satisfied or not, how he is satisfied or not. And if it is a better contribution for our team play, or not, and that can change every week.