The Man Utd coach has no worries over his captain’s sporadic form, and insists he wants the England striker to beat the club record before retiring
Louis van Gaal is unconcerned by Wayne Rooney’s Premier League drought with the Manchester United manager, highlighting his impressive strike rate for club and country.
England’s top scorer Rooney, 29, has failed to net in his previous 10 league matches but is closing in on the club’s all-time record haul of 249 set by club legend Sir Bobby Charlton.
Despite his lacklustre form in front of goal in the league, Rooney hit a hat-trick against Belgian side Club Brugge in a Champions League qualifier and boss Van Gaal believes his history speaks for itself.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s the Premier League or the Champions League,” he said. “It does not matter to me who is scoring. But we have to score more. When you are so dominant as we are, in all the matches, we have to win these.
“Rooney has a range of goals, like Juan Mata, Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial, Marouane Fellaini. You can count all the goals he’s made. In my memory Rooney has scored a lot. He’s nearly the record holder in the club. I hope he will beat that record.”
Rooney has recovered from his minor injury complaint and is available for selection for Sunday’s trip to Southampton but United are preparing for life without defender Luke Shaw after the youngster suffered a horrific double leg break against PSV.