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United boss says he still has confidence in Rooney

Louis van Gaal insists he still has confidence in his captain Wayne Rooney despite his ongoing struggle for form and goals.

Wayne Rooney Credit: Martin Rickett / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rooney has scored just twice in the Premier League this season, while United have failed to find the net in their last three matches.

Speaking at a press conference on the eve of the Reds' Champions League clash at home to CSKA Moscow, Van Gaal said Rooney has more credits than any other player:


FA to look at Wayne Rooney laser incident

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The Football Association will investigate the directing of a laser towards Wayne Rooney during Wednesday's Capital One Cup clash with Middlesbrough.

Footage from the fourth-round tie at Old Trafford shows a green light appearing on United and England captain Rooney's face as he prepared to take his kick in the penalty shoot-out at the end of the contest.

Rooney's effort was saved by Boro goalkeeper Tomas Mejias as United were beaten 3-1 in the shoot-out following a 0-0 draw after extra-time.

The FA said on Thursday it was aware of reports of the incident and was looking into the matter.

The penalties were taken at the end of the ground housing Middlesbrough supporters, with around 10,000 away fans in attendance.

Wayne Rooney gets Old Trafford testimonial to raise money for good causes

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates a winning goal. Credit: Press Association.

Old Trafford will play host to a testimonial match in honour of Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney - with all profits raised from the game going to charity.

The match will mark Rooney's 12 years at the club and is scheduled to take place on 3 August 2016.

Money generated from the game will be distributed to his chosen charities through the newly-created Wayne Rooney Foundation, a registered charity.

The organisations to which the testimonial proceeds will be distributed by the Foundation include the NSPCC, Alder Hey Childrens’ Hospital, Claire House Hospice and the Manchester United Foundation.

"I would like to thank everyone involved in making this testimonial become a reality

"Most of all I want to thank the fans for all their incredible support for me and the team since I joined the club.

"The match night will obviously be special for me and my family but I hope it will be a night of celebration for all involved and that we can also deliver one or two surprises."

– Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

"From his sensational debut hat-trick to the latest of his 236 goals, he has been a central figure in what has been one of the most successful periods in the club's history, winning everything from the Club World Cup, the Champions League and League Cup, to his five Premier League titles.

"Wayne has selected good causes very close to his heart and the club is delighted to play its part, in providing Old Trafford as a fitting stage for such a game."

– Ed Woodward, United's executive vice chairman
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