Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hit back at the critics who had doubted his striker Wayne Rooney’s striking abilities after the first two games of the season.
United went off to a flying start under Van Gaal this season as they have won their first two matches of the season and are at the top half of the table. Though, they have achieved all six points, their performance has not been up to the mark.
In the first match against Tottenham Hotspur the team won but due to a favour from opponent defender Kyle Walker who accidentally netted an own goal. Wayne Rooney did not do well in the first two matches as a striker and he lacked finesse up front.
But Louis van Gaal thought otherwise as he completely disagreed to all critics and backed his star. He was quoted: “All the media has written for one year that I have to put him in the striker’s position so it’s amazing that, after two games, you’re doubting your own opinions. I cannot understand that,” Van Gaal told reporters.
“I have always confidence in my players.”
Louis van Gaal was also asked about Adnan Januzaj’s performance and his goal against Aston Villa which proved crucial for United, to which he said that the youngster needs to mature a lot. The Belgian needs to show consistency to start the week in week out for the club according to the Dutch manager.
The Manchester United boss further added: “He [had] to compete with 24 players last year and he is 20 years old.
“The characteristics of a young player is that he’s not consistent and he has to show that this season.
“It’s possible but, at a club like United, you never have a guarantee of a position in the top XI. Every player here knows that, and because of that we have a very good team spirit.”