Matt Le Tissier: Louis van Gaal’s style to blame for Wayne Rooney’s slump in form

by Tanveer Arayan

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has insisted that Wayne Rooney’s slump in form is down to Manchester United’s conservative style of play under Louis van Gaal.

Man United have been roundly criticised for some meek attacking displays this term, although they do sit just a point off the top of the Premier League table.

Rooney has taken his fair share of flak over the course of the campaign having scored just two league goals this season. Le Tissier believes Rooney has suffered as a result of van Gaal’s tactics.

“Rooney is probably suffering a bit from United having changed their emphasis from ‘we will win every game because we’ve got the best players’ to one that says ‘we’re not going to lose first and foremost’,” Le Tissier said.

“He suffers because they don’t attack in the same numbers as when they believed they could outscore whoever they came up against. This is probably the longest slump we’ve seen. He has had dips in form before but I don’t remember him having ever struggled for this long.”

While it is true that United have been a lot more negative in their play this season, the tactics cannot be solely to blame for Rooney’s performances.

For a player who is reportedly earning around £300,000-a-week, Rooney should be doing a lot more to justify that and his continued place in the team. If he doesn’t, tough decisions may have to be made in the summer.

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