Speaking to the press today ahead of Everton this weekend, van Gaal said Rooney is fit to play ‘if he is selected’, rather than insinuating his position in the team was guaranteed regardless of form.
It’s something which plenty of United fans have been calling for. Rooney needs to be treated like every other player; if Herrera, Mata or any other player had been as consistently poor as Rooney, he wouldn’t be in the starting XI.
Interesting from Louis van Gaal on Wayne Rooney. Says he is fit to play "if selected".
Previously said the captain is "undroppable". #MUFC
— Shamoon Hafez (@ShamoonHafez) October 16, 2015
Complacency has crept into Rooney’s game. He knew that no matter how bad he played, van Gaal would keep him in the team because he was captain. Once you take away that guarantee, he’s got that safety net taken away and I feel that is something he really needs.
Rooney has become too comfortable in the captain’s role. The players seem to love what he says behind the scenes as does van Gaal but it’s about time he started showing that on the pitch as captain.