The Daily Mail claims Louis van Gaal will consider a move for Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani if Wayne Rooney can’t adapt to the tactics he wants to use at Old Trafford.
Similarly to the Netherlands, van Gaal is thought to favour a system, which is based around Robin van Persie playing through the middle as the number nine at the top of the attack.
The national newspaper has suggested that if Rooney can’t adapt to that system, the Dutchman won’t hesitate to make big decisions over key players.
“Edinson Cavani will be back on the Manchester United radar if Wayne Rooney fails to convince Louis van Gaal about his willingness to adapt to the Dutch coach’s system during the tour to the USA,” writes Rob Shepherd.
“Van Persie is not on the US tour but with the new season in mind Van Gaal does not see Rooney in a central striking in the 3-4-3 system he plans to introduce.”
Rooney has demonstrated superb versatility during his time at United and professionalism when he’s asked to play any role other than sitting at the top of the attack.
The link to Cavani is also confusing because of the role he plays for his current team Paris Saint-Germain.
Cavani is experienced playing off of a main striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but there have been rumours of his discontent at not being used centrally by PSG boss Laurent Blanc.
Rooney is a very important player for Manchester United for a number of reasons but van Gaal has shown throughout his career that he’s not afraid to make big decisions over high profile players.
Rooney is certainly good enough to play to the right or left of van Persie in a three man attack, it’s just a case of whether he’s happy regularly playing that role or whether he’ll put pressure on the boss to play him through the middle.