Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that club captain Wayne Rooney is not guaranteed to play every game, Daily Mail reports.
The Dutchman is looking to make a team out of youngsters, and that Rooney will be included if the balance of the players is correct.
The former Everton striker has been recently used at central midfield by Van Gaal, with the Red Devils boss very keen on versatile players capable of playing in various positions.
Prompted in regards to Rooney’s recent role, Van Gaal replied: “It’s dependable on how the balance in the team is. I need balance in the team. I’m looking for the balance.
“I hope to perform better because then the game shall be more attractive. I don’t know if I shall use him always because it’s also dependable of the form of the strikers.
“He’s also a very good striker so I can use him on different positions and I like that because I like multi-functional players. I normally buy more multi-functional players than specialists.’
“I have had the time to know all my players. That’s another exciting time because that’s why I became a manager.
“I want to work with young people. It keeps you young and you can make a team out of it. Now we are still building up and in the process.”
Despite this, Rooney is expected to start when the Red Devils host Southampton in their next Premier League encounter.