Man United boss backs selection of struggling skipper

Louis van Gaal has backed his decision to repeatedly select under fire captain Wayne Rooney, report the Daily Star.

The Manchester United boss is facing growing calls to drop the England captain due to his poor form this season.

The 30-year old has scored just twice in the Premier League since the season began, despite breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record for the national side earlier this year.

However, the Red Devils chief has moved to dispel suggestions the former Everton youngster has maintained his place in the starting eleven simply due to the fact he is the club captain.

‘Wayne is doing a lot, has a very great contribution in the team. I am very satisfied with him’, insisted the 64-year old Dutch chief.

When the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach was asked whether Rooney was in the team down to merit rather than his iconic status, he replied: ‘Yes, of course. Otherwise he is out of the team.’

Amid all his problems, the Old Trafford skipper recently moved to within touching distance of Charlton’s record 249 goals for the club, and is equal with Dennis Law on 237.