Louis Van Gaal denies Wayne Rooney worries as Manchester United bid to rejoin European elite

 
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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has dismissed concerns over skipper Wayne Rooney’s lack of goals so far this season as his side prepare for their Champions League play-off against Club Brugge at Old Trafford tonight.

Despite United recording back-to-back Premier League victories, England captain Rooney has failed to register a shot on target in either match, while he only touched the ball once in Aston Villa’s penalty area during Friday’s 1-0 win.

But Van Gaal offered a staunch defence of the 29-year-old, who has been restored to a central striking role this term after being deployed as a midfielder for much of the previous campaign.

“All the media has written for one year that I have to put him in the striker’s position so it is very amazing that after two matches you already are doubting your own opinion. I cannot understand that,” said Van Gaal.

Belgian cup winners Club Brugge reached the last eight of the Europa League last season and were pipped to the title by Genk in a 10-match Championship play-off despite finishing top of the Jupiler Pro League.

“You cannot say it is not any pressure because they are a good team,” added Van Gaal. “We have to show our quality.”

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