The Reds boss has admitted that with Rooney turning 30 this week, he may not be able to lead the line the way he’s been asked to do in the past.
The Telegraph notes: “As a striker it is always more difficult because your freshness as a player is not so easy to maintain,” said Van Gaal, when asked if Rooney could continue where he is well into his fourth decade.
“As a striker you get a lot of kicks but he is very strong so he can do the job. But as a striker you also need always your highest speed because we live in the time that we have small spaces so speedy acting, dealing with the ball, is always at the highest level.”
With Anthony Martial seemingly ready to step into the striker’s position whenever he’s needed there, not many Reds will be worrying about Rooney being moved back into midfield considering the amount of games he’s struggled in this season.