Former Holland international Ruud Gullit has been speaking about the possible relationship between Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and his new manager Louis van Gaal.
Speaking to the Sun, the former Chelsea manager said that Rooney had a poor season and could be held accountable in part for United’s disappointing campaign.
“I will be interested to see how things go between van Gaal and Rooney,” Gullit said.
“Rooney is one of the senior players who seriously failed this season, so how will that conversation go?”
To highlight Rooney as one of the main underachievers in United’s most recent campaign is questionable, considering the fact that he scored 19 goals and provided 22 assists. But there may well be an interesting conversation to be had between the two men given the presence of Robin van Persie in the squad.
The Dutch striker is expected to be the main man at Old Trafford next season, and has also been heavily linked with the vacant captain’s armband. So how van Gaal will approach Rooney and where he plays him could have a huge bearing on the England man’s future.
But as for Rooney being one of the main candidates for criticism for their failed title defence? There should be a few others in line ahead of the 28-year-old based on recent performances.