Van Gaal: Rooney will not play all the time.

Louis van Gaal has admitted that Wayne Rooney may not play every week as he looks for balance in his team.

The 29-year-old was awarded the club captaincy at the start of the season and has been deployed in both attack and midfield as United have embarked on a 11 game unbeaten run in all competitions. Rooney was recently named the club’s player of the month for December but Van Gaal has said that his inclusion will depend on ‘the form of the strikers’.

“I need balance in the team. I’m looking for the balance,” Van Gaal said.

“I hope to perform better because then the game shall be more attractive. I don’t know if I shall use him always because it’s also dependable of the form of the strikers.”

“He’s also a very good striker so I can use him on different positions and I like that because I like multi-functional players. I normally buy more multi-functional players than specialists.”

Van Gaal also declared his interest in developing the younger generation at the Old Trafford club having already promoted the likes of Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair and James Wilson to the first team this season.

He added: “I have had the time to know all my players. That’s another exciting time because that’s why I became a manager.”

“I want to work with young people. It keeps you young and you can make a team out of it. Now we are still building up and in the process.”

Written by Jash Mehta [@the_manutd_blog]

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