Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is certain that Wayne Rooney's scoring drought in the league will soon come to an end.
The 29-year-old has failed to find the back of the net in the Premier League since back in April, despite scoring in the Champions League and Capital One Cup, as well as becoming England's all-time top scorer in September.
Rooney's league scoreless run could stretch beyond a 1000 minutes if he does not score against Sunderland this weekend, but Van Gaal believes the striker's barren run will soon come to an end.
"I don't think that is an issue for him, for me or for the club, so he shall score also in the Premier League. That I am convinced of, and you shall see it," Van Gaal said in the pre-match press conference.
"He has already scored four goals this season, but as a player and as a manager you can never know why he has not scored in the league.
"The goals that he scored against Bruges were excellent, especially the first goal, with his movement and then the chip to beat the goalkeeper.
"But he has been a little bit unlucky (in the league) and I can give you an example – against Newcastle, he scored and it was not offside but it was cancelled.
"But you cannot manage the referee. The referee is independent."