Van Gaal: Enough about Rooney

Louis van Gaal has said he will not answer more questions about Wayne Rooney as the Manchester United skipper continues to struggle to find his best form.

Rooney, who turned 30 on Saturday, endured another frustrating afternoon during Sunday's 0-0 draw with Manchester City. While Rooney was not short of commitment, putting in another tireless display, he failed to provide an attacking threat, with Anthony Martial appearing to be United's most dangerous player.

The United captain notched up some unfortunate statistics in the derby; of the outfield players who began the game for the Red Devils, Rooney lost possession more often (28 times) than any other player, had the worst passing accuracy (54.8%) and had the fewest touches (50).

Another poor performance led to further questions about Rooney after the match, but Van Gaal was not interested in discussing the England international.

"I have to talk every week about Rooney, why?" he said.

"You have your opinion – write it. I don't give any more answers about Wayne Rooney. I am sick of them."

While Van Gaal may not have wanted to discuss Rooney, his performance was a hot topic among pundits after the match.

Writing in a column for the BBC, former Newcastle and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas suggested that it is a lack of pace that is hindering Rooney, with a positional change necessary to get the best out of him.

"I am one of Rooney's biggest fans and would always have him in my team even if he is out of form because of his influence on other players and ability to change the game with a piece of magic," said Jenas.

"But it is clear that playing him up top on his own, often with his back to goal, is not working. He should have been in Ander Herrera's position, as United's number 10 behind their main striker, not their number nine.

"Rooney slowed play down because he is no longer a player who can get the ball, face up to a defender and fly by him. That is the bottom line."

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