Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has stated that he believes Wayne Rooney can break his away goal drought against Everton on Saturday.
The experienced attacker has not scored on the road in the Premier League for 11 months, while he has not found the net in his last six visits to former stomping ground Goodison Park.
Rooney has been carrying an injury that forced him to sit out England’s Euro 2016 qualifiers last week, but is expected to start against the Toffees later today.
With the Red Devils captain struggling for his best form in front of goal, Van Gaal has stated that he has the belief that Rooney will score away from Old Trafford soon.
“Yes, but maybe against Everton that can change,” Van Gaal is quoted as saying by The Daily Mail when asked if he was worried about Rooney’s record.
“I have heard his average there is not so good. So it’s getting time that he changed that pattern.
“I’m a manager who analyses opponents and gives him advice as to how we can disorganise Everton’s defence, then maybe he can score.
“He’s our captain, so that’s very important, because his influence is bigger than every other player in our group.”
United are in desperate need of a positive result after being beaten 3-0 by Arsenal in their last game.
Everton won the corresponding fixture 3-0 last season and will be looking for a similar result this time round.