Is it time for Wayne Rooney to be replaced at Manchester United?

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The pressure continues to mount for Louis van Gaal to add much-needed reinforcements upfront, raising questions over the recently-appointed leading role given to Wayne Rooney.

It's no secret that the Manchester United striker has endured a poor start to the new season, having failed to register even a single shot on target in either of the opening two fixtures, with it fast becoming a reality that even his place isn't safe under a manager unfazed by change.

Friday night's scraped victory over Aston Villa highlighted the unreliable and sluggish form of Rooney, who but for Adnan Januzaj's goal could have found himself the target of even more criticism for not steering his side to victory.


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The England international hasn't been top of his game for a while, though. Even last season when the Red Devils enjoyed a good spell of matches, the skipper seemed vacant and nervous.

United legend Gary Neville tried to defend the struggling striker towards the end of last season by suggesting his movement was more influential than anyone recognised, and dubbed him the 'silent dominator', but even he would struggle to justify the current form of the struggling striker.

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You can forgive Rooney for his lack of goals last season given Van Gaal's decision to utilise the versatile forward in a range of positions, but so far this season, in his preferred lone striker role, it just doesn't seem to be working.

This isn't the first time that Rooney's future at Old Trafford has been under the spotlight, but if Van Gaal was to ever bring in a new striker to start alongside - or even ahead of - the 28-year-old, who could he look towards?

Garth Bale is a name to persistently crop up in Manchester United news, and would be a dream signing for the Red Devils - his vision and pace are exactly what the Red Devils need and currently lack in Rooney. Such a transfer, however, seems unlikely given the Welshman's determination to succeed in Spain.

Robert Lewandowksi, on the other hand, is one of the worlds most complete strikers and would be a nice fit for the Premier League. The Polish international's high work rate, movement and eye for goal would be a welcome addition to what is already a fresh-faced United side.

A final option could be Edinson Cavani, who is an undoubted huge talent. The Uruguayan's name predominantly fills Arsenal-related headlines of late, though the fearsome forward could be just what United need at the moment.

Any of these players, on current form at least, would be sure to start ahead of Wayne Rooney, so it might perhaps be time for Van Gaal and his team to truly determine how much the misfiring forward can really offer in an advanced role.

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