Gary Lineker highlights the mistake Manchester United's boss has made with his strikers

If Wayne Rooney had been up front all season, the MOTD presenter reckons United would have a shed load more goals to count on.

Earlier this week Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal discussed his striking options at the club, in less than glowing terms.

He was quoted by the BBC as saying:

"It is true. Robin van Persie cannot deny it, Falcao cannot deny it and Rooney is not playing there much anymore.

"At this moment, we don't have a striker who scores 20 goals."

On the one hand he has a point. United's three leading strikers have not found the net regularly enough this season. Van Persie has been injured often and has lost a yard, the same can be said about Falcao.

However, he has a 20 goal a season striker playing in midfield every week, Rooney.

This weekend, with Van Persie out injured and James Wilson only just fit enough for the bench, Van Gaal had no choice but to play Rooney in his favoured position, up front.

The result, two goals.

Admittedly one was a penalty, excellently won by the only piece of magic Falcao has produced in a while. But the other was a real poachers finish, nodding home a rebound off the keeper from close range.

The brace and overall performance saw Gary Lineker, someone who knows a thing or two about scoring goals for fun, take to Twitter and state:

Rooney is now level with Van Persie on ten goals in the race to be United's top scorer in the Premier League. Who knows how many he would have got if he was playing up top all season?

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