Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is now ‘undroppable’ according to Louis van Gaal as he continues to score goals regularly.
The England striker was dropped for the 2-0 loss to Stoke City in December following a poor run of form, but the resurgence continues as Rooney scored his seventh goal in as many games on Tuesday night to help them secure a 3-0 win over the Potters at Old Trafford.
While the 30-year-old has now taken his club tally to 244 goals, putting him just five behind record-holder Sir Bobby Charlton, Van Gaal is adamant that his star man is no longer at risk of being axed.
“I hope for him and it is also good for me then because when he scores, we win,” he said in a news conference, as noted by ESPN FC.
“Everybody has forgotten he was a substitute against Stoke City away. It is for everybody always the same with me. You have to prove it every game, every training session and then you play. When he plays like this, I cannot say to him: ‘Go to the bench’.”
The Dutch tactician was also delighted with the goals scored by Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial on Tuesday night, as he will hope that as the pressure starts to ease on himself and his players, the squad will be able to play with more freedom and express themselves after months of goalscoring woes.
Nevertheless, United remain five points adrift of the Champions League qualification places, and will be desperate to pick up from where they left off in midweek when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
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