United???s attacking options are thin on the ground after United decided against taking up the option of signing Radamel Falcao permanently following his Old Trafford loan spell last season, while Robin van Persie left to join Fenerbahce last week.
Falcao has joined Chelsea on a similar season-long loan deal and United now are left with relatively unproven youngster James Wilson, and Javier Hernandez ??? who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid ??? as striking alternatives to Rooney if the United skipper is unavailable.
However, when asked whether he was concerned by the lack of options, Louis van Gaal said: “No, because still we have Rooney, he can play in the striker’s position.
“All the media had written he had to play there so I listened and now you put this question [to me] so I don’t know what you want.
“Also we have Chicharito [Hernandez] and maybe Wilson and maybe there comes a surprise. It’s a process. Hernandez is coming [to join us on the tour] on July 25.
“He can prove himself and now Falcao and Van Persie are gone so his chances are better. I’m not worried about that position.”
Edinson Cavani’s agent says the Uruguay striker is happy to stay at Paris Saint-Germain despite links to United but, according??to reports on Monday morning, Van Gaal is in no panic to sign a new striker and??is expected to give Javier Hernandez a chance to get his Old Trafford career back on track if another centre forward is not signed.
As well as Rooney, Memphis Depay, who joined from PSV after finishing top scorer in the Dutch Eredvisie last season,??could also be used as a lone striker if Van Gaal uses a 4-3-3 formation next term.
Rooney scored 12 Premier League goals last season and has failed to score more than 20 in the league since the 20110-12 season when he scored 35. However, the England captain was deployed in central midfield and in a number 10 role on several occasions last season and has also played in wide roles over the past few seasons.
United have already spent ??80million this summer on Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Matteo Darmian, with reports suggesting Sergio Romero will be next through the door at Old Trafford.