Old Trafford fans may be calling for a England Captain Wayne Rooney to be dropped from the Manchester United starting line-up but manager Louis van Gaal insists the goals shy striker is key to the team.
The 30-year-old who has netted just twice in the Premier League from 11 matches was heavily criticised by United legend Roy Keane following the 0-0 Champions League draw againat PSV Eindhoven.
However, the manager has defended his skipper’s all-round contribution to the team and states that Anthony Martial is playing further upfront than the forward Everton man.
“Wayne is doing a lot, has a very great contribution in the team. I am very satisfied with him,” the Dutchman is quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.
The gaffer was then asked if the Captain deserves his place on the team based on current form, he 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 is dependable not always on the quality and shape of the player at the moment, but also the game plan.”
Manchester United will be in a top of the table clash against Leicester City on Saturday, only one point separates the two sides with the Foxes as leaders.