Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has declared himself "very satisfied" with the performances of goal-shy striker Wayne Rooney this season.
The United skipper has scored just twice in 11 league appearances and is expected to start once again when the Red Devils lock horns with Leicester City at King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.
The form of Rooney has become a cause for concern for a large section of United supporters, but Van Gaal insists that the 30-year-old's contribution goes beyond merely putting the ball in the net.
"Wayne is doing a lot, has a very great contribution in the team," Van Gaal told reporters. "I am very satisfied with him."
When asked whether Rooney had earned his place based on form, Van Gaal said: "Yes, of course. Otherwise he is out of the team.
"At this moment, he doesn't play in the striker's position, [Anthony] Martial is playing there. But it is possible he shall play other matches there.
"It depends not always on the quality and shape of the player at the moment, but also the game plan."
Meanwhile, Van Gaal has backed his side to keep a clean sheet against table-topping Leicester City by shackling the attacking threat that is Jamie Vardy.
The in-form striker has scored in 10 consecutive league games – equalling the record set by former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy – and will have the chance to better the Dutchman's record at Old Trafford.
"Vardy is difficult to defend against," Van Gaal admitted. "It was like that last season and even more so now.
"Vardy is like Van Nistelrooy – highly concentrated to make goals and always running in behind.
"It shall be difficult to stop him but we can do that because we have a lot of clean sheets already."