Louis van Gaal challenges Wayne Rooney to end drought against Everton

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Louis van Gaal has challenged Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney to end his poor goalscoring form at former club Everton.

The Red Devils captain has been declared fit to play at Goodison Park and will be hoping to improve his record on Merseyside, having only scored twice in ten visits.

It has been eight-and-a-half years since Rooney last found the net at his former stomping ground - scoring the third goal in United's 4-2 win back in 2007.


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The 29-year-old is on a poor run of goalscoring form that has seen him notch just one strike in the Premier League this season. Worryingly, he has not scored an away league goal in 11 months.

When asked if his skippers' record concerned him, Van Gaal responded, as per the Mail: "Yes, but maybe against Everton that can change. I have heard his average there is not so good. So it’s getting time that he changed that pattern.

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"I’m a manager who analyses opponents and gives him advice as to how we can disorganise Everton’s defence, then maybe he can score.

"He’s our captain, so that’s very important because his influence is bigger than every other player in our group."


Goodison has been an unhappy hunting ground for United in recent years. The Old Trafford club have not scored in their previous three visits and have only won once in seven attempts since '07.

Van Gaal's men will be looking to bounce back following an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Arsenal before the international break.

However, Everton are unbeaten in five league games and always relish the visit of Manchester United. 

An away trip to Crystal Palace and a home Manchester derby are still to come in October, in a month that could define the Red Devils' hopes of topping the table come May.

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