Louis van Gaal confident Wayne Rooney can smash 20 goals

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Louis van Gaal is confident Wayne Rooney is the man who can score 20 goals for Manchester United this season.

The Red Devils' captain has been tasked with the job of leading the line for United this season, following the departures of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.

Rooney should have opened his tally in the opening day win over Tottenham, but his hesitancy in front of goal resulted in Kyle Walker prodding the ball into his own net.


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As per the Evening Standard, Van Gaal said: "Our aim is to play with Rooney in the striker’s position. We have chosen for him, and Chicharito to be the substitute, but he can also play because Rooney can also play No.10.

"So he has a chance to play in the striker’s position, but normally Rooney shall play because we have confidence that he can score more than 20 goals there. That is more than last year, of the strikers."

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The last time Rooney was given the responsibility of leading the line was in the 2011-12 season, incidentally the last time the 29-year-old broke the 20 goal mark, when he scored 34 goals in 43 games.

It usually takes Rooney a couple of games to hit his stride following a break and the United captain will be no different this season. His overall performance against Spurs showed signs he still has the movement of a natural striker inside him.

Given three or four games, when he has reach his peak level of fitness Rooney will have no trouble finding the back of the net, and should he steer clear of injury throughout the season will have no trouble breaking the 20 goal mark.

Will it be enough to take Manchester United to the title? Only time will tell.

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