January 6

Rooney is better for Man United in midfield at the moment, says Van Gaal

first_imgMan United manager Louis van Gaal hailed captain Wayne Rooney’s tireless work-rate in the club’s 3-1 win against Newcastle at Old Trafford.“He has the lung capacity to run 90 minutes as a midfielder, so that’s why I use him as a midfielder,” Van Gaal said.“But I can also use him as a striker. But for the team, at the moment, it is better that he plays in midfield.”Rooney scored twice and created another and Van Gaal praised his display.“When [one of your players] scores two goals and assists another, then you are very happy as a manager, but he is also happy I assume.”The Old Trafford boss also spoke of his frustration at not being able to properly prepare ahead of the trip to Tottenham on Sunday.“I cannot prepare my team the way I have to prepare them. Normally we have unit meetings, team meetings and 11 against 11 training sessions, assimilating opponents but we cannot do that now and we have to play within 48 hours.“With FIFA and UEFA’s rules it’s forbidden to play within 48 hours. In England, it’s okay.”last_img read more