Van gaal: I will never drop Wayne Rooney

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says Wayne Rooney is the only player safe from the chop at Old Trafford, reports the Daily Star.

The Dutchman says the 28-year-old is afforded certain privileges by being club captain, and is almost untouchable when it comes to team selection.

United have strengthened significantly in the summer, with world class players such as Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao signing for the club – however Rooney looks set to be a constant in the United starting line up.

“I don’t think any player is fixed,” Van gaal said.

“Only the captain has more privileges but no other player has privileges I think.

“Every player knows that because when you see how I manage my teams.

“There are always players you put in a team. My captain shall always play and normally the goalkeeper.”

The Dutchman’s comments mean it is likely Robin van Persie will be fighting Radamel Falcao for the second striker position, with van Persie yet to score this season.

He said: “I don’t think that Falcao interferes with Van Persie or Van Persie interferes with Falcao.

“Falcao is a very good striker but I said in the first press conference I like Van Persie also.

“He’s also a very good striker and we also have Rooney, [Adnan] Januzaj and [James] Wilson.

“We have five players for the two striker positions and I have to choose.”