Following the 1-0 win over Norwich City in which Juan Mata had the only goal, Louis van Gaal revealed that Rooney was not ‘very happy’ with him for placing him in the striker position as a late replacement for an injured Anthony Martial.
Van Gaal explained that he had to start Rooney as Adnan Januzaj was not ready for the striker role in lieu of Martial.
‘I don’t think he was very happy with me when I decided to put him in the striker’s position,’ Van Gaal said, per the Metro.
‘But he can understand. Januzaj played his first half for the second team and I could not put him in the line up as a striker so Wayne has to do that.
‘And he did it very well because he gave a fantastic assist to Juan Mata.’
The Man United captain ultimately recorded the assist to Mata in the win over the 19th-placed Canaries
Rooney has just seven goals in the Premier League this season, which if the season ended today would be his lowest ever total with Man United and second-lowest ever total since he played for Everton in the 2002-03 season.
The Red Devils will clinch a spot in the Europa League with a win on Tuesday against West Ham United.
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