Louis van Gaal believes Man United play better when Wayne Rooney is deployed in midfield.
A rocky week for Van Gaal continued on Wednesday night as his United team had to battle their way to an unconvincing 3-1 Premier League win over Burnley.
United were slow and lacked creativity in attack but Van Gaal doesn't believe the answer to his team's problems can be resolved by pushing Rooney further up field.
I have to look for the better balance and I think until now because of Rooney we have a better balance in midfield.
I was very pleased how he replaced Daley Blind in the number six position. He showed composure and of course he was also today the Rooney that I want to see but he has showed that he can play in every position.
Maybe he can better play in a striker's position but then I have a problem in midfield.
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Wayne Rooney has posted a photo of himself belting out a tune during Man United's Christmas party.
The striker published the snap on his Instagram page after United's Christmas bash at the The Place in Manchester on Wednesday evening.
Rooney, who has a tattoo dedicated to his favourite band, the Stereophonics, also sang a duet with Ed Sheeran following the singer songwriter's sell-out Manchester gig last month.
Wayne Rooney will undergo a knee scan after missing Manchester United's 2-1 win over Stoke on Tuesday.
Manager Louis van Gaal isn't too concerned by the matter, but the club are using caution with the England captain.
"It is his knee but we have to wait for tomorrow to say anything about it because you never know with a knee. My opinion it is not so heavy but I am not a doctor.
"We have to wait for a scan and then we will know more."
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