Steven Gerrard has scored the same number of Premier League goals as Wayne Rooney

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Wayne Rooney's struggles this season have been well documented, and it seems even Louis van Gaal has taken note having dropped the striker for the 2-0 defeat against Stoke on Boxing Day.

England's all-time leading scorer has struggled throughout 2015, stretching back to last season, and he's managed just 6 league goals in 2015 with only one more chance against Chelsea this evening to improve that record.

Manchester United fans have been forced to contend with constant jibes aimed at the 30-year-old over the last 12 months now - and things are about to get a whole lot worse.

A damning statistic has been doing the rounds on social media sites this afternoon - Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has matched Rooney's Premier League goal tally this year. Despite the fact he's not played for Liverpool in the Premier League in the 2015/16 campaign having left to join LA Galaxy.

So, to clarify - one player who hasn't played in the league since May, is neck and neck with Manchester United's captain when it comes to putting the ball into the back of the net.

Or, if you like, Gerrard has scored six in 11 Premier League games in 2015, compared to Rooney's six in 32. 

Rooney, who is likely to be recalled for the game against Chelsea this afternoon, is without a league goal since October, when he found the back of the net in a 3-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.

A report emerged this morning in the Daily Mail claiming that Rooney, who has spoken publicly in an attempt to dispel the pressure around the club and Van Gaal, is feeling the strain of trying to lift his club team-mates while also finding his shooting boots.

According to sources at the club, Rooney's struggles are down to 'mental fatigue' rather than a decline of his powers.

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