Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed why he deploys Wayne Rooney in midfield rather than in his usual striker role, according to reports from the Express.
The Dutch manager has preferred to play the attacking duo of Robin van Persie and summer signing Radamel Falcao as his strikers, with the two once again leading the line during United’s 3-1 win over Burnley on Wednesday.
Van Gaal explained that although Rooney may play best as a striker, the team need him in midfield at the moment due to the lack of balance in his current system.
“I have to look for the better balance and I think until now because of Rooney we have a better balance in midfield,” he said.
“I was very pleased how he replaced Daley Blind in the number six position.
“He showed composure and of course he was also today the Rooney that I want to see but he has showed that he can play in every position.
“Maybe he can better play in a striker’s position but then I have a problem in midfield.”
The former Bayern Munich boss has used a 3-5-2 formation for much of the season, a tactic that relies on three central midfielders with Rooney brought into the position to allow Falcao and Van Persie to start up front.
However, the shift in Rooney’s role has seen him unable to provide his usual attacking output, scoring no goals in the past seven league fixtures.