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Manchester United manager challenges Wayne Rooney to be more like Sergio Aguero

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Louis van Gaal has challenged Wayne Rooney to become Manchester United's Sergio Aguero this season.

The Premier League kicks off in two weeks and the United captain has been handed the responsibility of leading the line in the coming campaign.

Van Gaal has used Manchester City star forward as the benchmark for his striker if he is to help Man United reclaim the title for the first time since 2013.

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Having played in midfield at times last season, Rooney managed 12 goals in the league and was the club's top goalscorer. However, Golden Boot winner Aguero found the net 26 times to help his team finish second. 

The 29-year-old has not reach the 20 goal mark since the 2011-12 season when he scored 27 league goals. Despite this, Van Gaal, as seen on Sky Sports, Van Gaal has full confidence in his striker.

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He said: "He’s our striker, he has to prove it but I'm fully confident he shall do that - and he’s also captain of the team. He'll play a lot in the striker's position."

When questioned on the tally he is expecting of his front-man, the Dutch manager agreed he needed to be around the same mark as the Argentinian forward.

“Of course, of course," he said. "Because Aguero is making that amount of goals."

In his 11 seasons at Old Trafford Rooney has only broke the 20 league goal barrier twice. In both those campaigns the former Everton man was the number one striker at the Red Devils. 

However, in both campaigns United failed to win the Premier League, finishing second. With the squad now assembled around Rooney he should feel confident that, if he is able to emulate those seasons, they can go one better and lift the title.

United have been linked with a number of strikers following the departures of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao. Fernando Llorente and Edinson Cavani have been the major contenders while talk of a €100 million bid for Thomas Muller gathered pace last week.

Memphis Depay's instagram post yesterday got fans excited of a move for Everton forward Romelu Lukaku, but Van Gaal seems content with his attacking options as the new season fast approaches.

He said: "We'll have a lot of matches so Chicharito (Hernandez) can also play in that position - and we still have (James) Wilson.

"Also, yesterday (in a 3-1 win over Barcelona) you saw Januzaj in a striker's position - he did it very well. So we have enough choices."

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Louis van Gaal
Wayne Rooney
Manchester City
Manchester United
Sergio Aguero
Premier League
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