Manchester United somehow managed to grind out arguably one of their most important results of the season – a 1-0 win at Carrow Road against relegation battlers Norwich. However Louis van Gaal has admitted that Wayne Rooney wasn’t happy with the decision to put him up front.
“I don’t think he was very happy with me that I decided to put him in the striker’s position, but he could imagine also (why he had to play there),” Van Gaal said.
“He gave a fantastic assist to Juan Mata.” The Dutchman added.
Now Wayne Rooney obviously isn’t alone when it comes to being unhappy at Van Gaal, and the Iron Tulip has to take blame for not putting Rashford on the bench.
However as club captain, its fair to say that Rooney certainly stepped up to the plate, and although he didn’t have his best performance, he put in a real shift and was a big influence in the game. His assist could well prove priceless come next Sunday when all is said and done, particularly if it leads to Champions League football being on display at Old Trafford next season.
Obviously the long-term fit for Wayne Rooney is going to be as a midfielder, especially given the lack of pace in the legs recently. His eye for a pass is superb, but you just wonder as to whether he has that footballing intelligence to fulfil that role week-in week-out. Time will tell…