Louis van Gaal has hit out at criticism of Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney following his poor start to the season.
Rooney has looked well off the pace in each of the Red Devils' opening games, and only touched the ball once in Aston Villa's box on Friday night.
The 29-year-old has been tasked with the job of leading the line for United this season, however many people are doubting his ability to play as a number nine so early into the new season.
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Speaking ahead of his sides Champions League play-off with Club Brugge, Van Gaal slammed the media for their criticism of the England captain.
As per Sky Sports, he said: "All the media has written for one year that I have to put him in the striker’s position, so it’s amazing that after two games you are doubting your own opinions,
“I cannot understand that. I have always confidence in my players."
Rooney has been extremely underwhelming in Manchester United's opening games against Tottenham and Aston Villa, especially so in the trip to Birmingham, where has was lucky not to be dragged off by Van Gaal.
ROONEY NEEDS TIME
However, the statistics could look so different had Rooney tucked away the chance offered to him against Spurs. He would already have opened his tally and the confidence from that goal could have completely changed his game against Villa.
Instead the own goal was given to Kyle Walker, Rooney finds himself two games into the season without a goal, and many people are quick to write off a man who has scored 230 goals in 11 years at United, without playing a regularly as a striker since 2012.
Given time to rediscover his match fitness and form a relationship players such as Memphis Depay and Juan Mata in the wide positions, the goals will soon start to come back for Rooney and is still more than capable of passing the 20 goal mark this season.
The former Everton man still has the ability to play as a lone striker, however the addition of another centre forward to provide competition for himself and Javier Hernandez would not go a miss at Old Trafford.