Manchester United round-up: Paul Scholes blames Van Gaal for Rooney form

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Manchester United fans, hello and welcome to Friday.

To mark the end of the working week - unless you’re amongst those poor souls forced to work at the weekend as well - we’ve compiled the biggest stories from today purely for the purpose of informing.

Tackle the beast below if you want to be updated on all things United or you can watch the video above if you’d rather use your ears than your eyes. Enjoy.

Scholes on Rooney's form

Ask most Manchester United fans and they will tell you there isn’t really much to complain about at Old Trafford this year - with the obvious exception of Wayne Rooney’s form in front of goal.

There’s more than one theory as to why the United captain isn’t firing on all cylinders, but Paul Scholes is blaming Louis van Gaal himself.

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The former Old Trafford midfielder said that Van Gaal’s system would leave any striker tearing his hair out, even going as far as to hint that legends like Ruud van Nistelrooy and Andy Cole would have also failed in the Dutchman’s set-up.

"I was at the Manchester derby and I watched him [Rooney] for the first 20 minutes. His movement was brilliant. He was coming, he was spinning.

“But when he’s playing in that team there’s no one prepared to pass to him and I think after 20 minutes you’d be tearing your hair out as a centre-forward.

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“I played with some brilliant centre-forwards and I don’t think they could play in this team. It’s very difficult being a centre-forward in this team. You don’t get crosses into the box. You don’t get midfielders looking for you, looking for runs.

“He has had a lot of criticism and we know he can do better. Wayne will know himself when he’s on the ball he should be doing better. I think it’s a very difficult team to be a centre-forward in.”

Januzaj's improvement

Elsewhere, Adnan Januzaj has a reputation for diving far too easily in matches but it seems the youngster is cleaning up his act.


A video has emerged including footage from Borussia Dortmund’s recent hammering of German side Paderborn, and it shows Januzaj being tackled to the ground in the final third but doing his best to stay on his feet.

We don’t want to say well done for not cheating, but, well done for not cheating.

Depay injury

Lastly, Memphis Depay is set to miss United’s next Premier League game against Crystal Palace this weekend through injury, though you wouldn’t know it from judging fan reaction on social media.

It’s been claimed that the Dutchman will sit out the match alongside both James Wilson and Antonio Valencia, and it would appear that many supporters don’t mind at all.

Depay has struggled so far in England, it’s true, but all the same it might be a little harsh to be celebrating the fact he can’t play.

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