Former Leicester City and Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage seems to be believe that Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria and Robin van Persie will take issues with Louis van Gaal ‘s stance that Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is ‘undroppable’.
Last week Van Gaal said: ‘There are always players you put in a team. My captain shall always play and normally the goalkeeper, so it’s not a surprise’.
Savage, who now works as a BBC pundit, believes that it could cause problems in the dressing room.
‘And although I believe Wayne Rooney will prove a good choice as captain in the long run, I don’t agree with Van Gaal saying he is undroppable’, the 39-year-old wrote in The Mirror. ‘What kind of message does that send out to Falcao, Di Maria and Robin van Persie?’
Savage does have a point. After all, pretty much guaranteeing a place for Rooney in the starting line-up is not something positive. The forward could become complacent and the rest of the team might accuse Van Gaal of ‘favouritism’.
But will that be too much of a problem to Di Maria? Probably not. That’s because at Real Madrid he has seen enough of ‘favoutism’ and ‘untouchables’.
Madrid are a club steeped in politics where president Florentino Perez calls the shots. It was he who decided to sell Mesut Ozil last summer, and it was he who decided to let go of Di Maria last month.
It is an open secret that the big-name players bought for big-money are guaranteed their places in the starting line-ups. It is up to the coach (Carlo Ancelotti) to sort out the formations, but he has to play all the ‘Galacticos’.
Di Maria has seen that culture and has been part of that for four years. It wouldn’t have come as a huge surprise to the Argentina international winger that Van Gaal won’t drop Rooney. He has played through these situations and has proved that he can succeed despite them.