Rooney has not complained – Van Gaal

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney was switched to a midfield position in the goalless draw at Tottenham on 28 December

15 February 2015
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Wayne Rooney has not once complained about being made to play in midfield, according to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.

Rooney has not scored in nine games since being told to

play a deeper role.

The United skipper, 29, said in 2013 that he

considered his future

at Old Trafford after being played in midfield by then manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

But Van Gaal said: “He’s happy. Otherwise he should come to me and say he’s not happy, but he never does.”

Rooney began the season up front and had scored eight goals in 14 games, moving to third in United’s list of all-time scorers, before being switched to midfield.

His last goals came in United’s

3-1 win over Newcastle

on Boxing Day, when he played as a striker.

Rooney’s longest run without a goal for the club came between December 2005 and February ’06 when he went 12 games without scoring.

All-time Premier League top scorers

Alan Shearer (Blackburn, Newcastle)


Andy Cole (Newcastle, Man Utd, Blackburn, Fulham, Man City, Portsmouth)


Wayne Rooney (Everton, Man Utd)


Frank Lampard (West Ham, Chelsea, Man City)


Thierry Henry (Arsenal)


United boss Van Gaal added: “Wayne is always friendly to me. He wants to perform what I want, so that’s what I see.

“Of course when the whole world is writing he has to be in the striker’s position, he will be thinking ‘maybe, hey’. He’s human.”

Van Gaal confirmed it is his priority to sign a midfielder in the summer, saying he is playing Rooney in that position now because “I’m looking for balance and I need it in midfield”.

United are third in the Premier League and have lost only once in 15 top-flight games, but the standard of some of their performances has attracted criticism,

most notably from former midfielder Paul Scholes.

Van Gaal admitted his reign at Old Trafford is still a work in progress and said: “It’s logical that you don’t play so well sometimes. But I can assure you that it’s not only Manchester United who sometimes play badly.”

United face Preston North End at Deepdale

on Monday in an FA Cup fifth-round tie, which is live on BBC One, the BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 live (19:45 GMT kick-off).

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