Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal full of praise for Wayne Rooney

Louis van Gaal says that he is happy with Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been singing the praises of Wayne Rooney.

England international forward Rooney has been in impressive form so far this season and has been a key player in United’s recent upturn in form.

In 13 Premier League appearances, the 29-year-old has scored six goals and created 19 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 86% and a shot accuracy of 48%, while winning 42% of the duels.

Rooney has been deployed in a number of positions in attack, and he has always played a captain’s role and led by example.

Van Gaal, who was appointed the Red Devils’ manager in the summer, is pleased with Rooney.

"He is a player who can play in different positions and I’m happy with that because I like multifunctional players," United’s official website quotes the Dutchman as saying.

"I can use him as a midfielder but also as a striker and attacking midfielder. He has the ability to run from box to box.”

Rooney’s versatility and willingness to play in a number of positions have been crucial in United winning their recent games despite their terrible injury record.

United are currently third in the Premier League table with 32 points from 17 matches, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

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