Louis van Gaal defends Wayne Rooney midfield role

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has defended his decision to deploy Wayne Rooney in midfield in recent games, suggesting that he has a problem if the England captain is used further forward. Rooney moved into a holding-midfield position after the injury sustained by Daley Blind in the first-half of the Red Devils’ victory over Burnley last night, and it hardly helped the criticism being levelled at Van Gaal from those wishing to see him played as a striker. Meanwhile the Dutchman also confirmed in his post-match press conference yesterday that he is set to meet with the Glazers later this week to discuss plans for the future. Much has been made about how the club will fare in the summer transfer window, and Van Gaal made it clear that talks will happen sooner rather than later.

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