VAN GAAL: ROONEY & MAN UTD HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO

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VAN GAAL: ROONEY & MAN UTD HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO

Post by Admin on Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:38 am

The Red Devils boss saw his main striker net a hat-trick in the 4-0 victory
against Club Brugge, which sealed progression to the Champions League
group stages
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Wayne Rooney proved
his ability to bounce back from criticism, but insists the striker and his
team-mates have a "long way to go" this season.
Rooney netted a hat-trick as United beat Club Brugge 4-0 on the night and
7-1 on aggregate to qualify for the Champions League proper.
Those were the first goals of a difficult campaign to date for the England
striker, who has come under fire for some of his early season performances,
but Van Gaal says he has the right mindset to recover.
"I have given him always the confidence that a player needs, but I think
Wayne has a very strong mentality and with his level he always shall come
back," he told reporters. "He proved that this evening, but also there's still
a long way for him and also for Manchester United."
On the performance, the United boss added: "I'm very happy. It was very
important to qualify for the Champions League and we've done it.
"We need more victories like this, that's four clean sheets. And we created
chances, but Brugge had to come and leave us with chances. But I was
happy."
Van Gaal handed Ander Herrera a place in the starting line-up for the first
time this season in Belgium, and after a slow start he set up the second of
Rooney's treble and found the net himself.
"He started not so good, he had a lot of ball losses and got a yellow card
so I wanted to change him. But I saw he was coming back, and he came
into the game. I saw he played well in the double-6 position, but also later
in 10 so I'm very happy for him."
United will be in pot two for the Champions League group stage draw on
Thursday evening, but Van Gaal says he will be watching the reserves play
an Ajax XI instead.
Asked how the competition has changed since he was last involved in 2011,
he replied: "I don't know all the teams, but I cannot have any influence on
the draw. There was also a lady who asked me what am I going to do
tomorrow, I said I shall watch the second team against Ajax because that's
more important for me because I can't influence the draw."
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