Rooney had another bad day at the office in Man United’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City on Sunday and van Gaal made it clear he did not want to entertain questions about the Englishman.
The skipper lead the line against the Sky Blues and offered next to nothing as he struggled to get involved in the game. When Rooney did find himself on the ball, he was wasteful in possession.
It is the latest in a long run of poor displays from England’s leading goalscorer. Rooney has been disappointing since the start of this season with just two goals in the Premier League to his name and van Gaal is coming under pressure to drop the former Everton forward.
The England captain has been given ample opportunity to try and get back to form but it does not look like he will anytime soon.
Van Gaal may be getting frustrated with the questions about Rooney but he is inviting pressure by continuing to select the forward. The case to drop Rooney seems to be getting stronger by the game but van Gaal’s refusal to do so is the real reason he finds himself defending his captain on almost a weekly basis.