Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and assistant Ryan Giggs have not seen eye-to-eye on the use of forward Wayne Rooney this season.
This is according to a report from the Daily Mail, who claim that while recent speculation of a rift between the two Manchester United coaches is exaggerated, there has been a difference of opinion with regards to tactics.
Van Gaal used Rooney as a central midfielder for the best part of three months before moving him back upfront in recent weeks - and it’s possible that Giggs may feel, like many of the club’s fans, that the Manchester United and England captain’s best position is at either No. 9 or No. 10.
Rooney back in his natural position
Rooney failed to register a single goal or assist during his ineffective spell in midfield, but scored both goals in the recent 2-0 win over Sunderland playing in the role many believe is his natural position.
The 29-year-old is on course to become the all-time leading goalscorer in the histories of both Manchester United and the England national team, hence why many found it bizarre when Van Gaal claimed Rooney wasn’t a natural striker during an interview conducted in September.
Van Gaal has misused Rooney at times
More recently Van Gaal claimed that he does not possess a 20-goal-a-season striker, despite the fact he has Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao at his disposal.
It’s clear that Van Gaal, who reacted badly to reports that he has a bad relationship with Giggs in his pre-match press conference on Thursday, has misused Rooney at times this season.
And contrary to what he may have said in the past, the United skipper is not only a proper striker - but also a striker capable of scoring 20 goals every season.
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