Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that Wayne Rooney was ‘unhappy’ with his forward role against Norwich City.
The England Captain was due to play in a midfield position against the Canaries, but Anthony Martial picked up an injury during warm-up and forced Van Gaal into a reshuffle.
And having rested Marcus Rashford, the Dutchman opted for Ander Herrera to start in midfield and pushed Rooney upfront.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager hinted that he wanted to select Adnan Januzaj up front, but the Belgian’s involvement for the club’s Under-21 team on Friday night ensured that he avoided that risk and stick with Rooney upfornt.
“I don’t think he was very happy with me that I decided to put him in the striker’s position,” Van Gaal told reporters. “But Januzaj had played 45 minutes yesterday so I couldn’t put him in the starting lineup today. But Rooney did very well to assist Juan Mata. He would have played No.10.”
Manchester United went on to win the game as Juan Mata netted the winner at Carrow Road.