Rooney's record this season indicates why United have to strengthen attack this summer

Wayne Rooney

The England and Manchester United captain has had a good season, except in one department.

Wayne Rooney has had his worst goalscoring season of his Manchester United career this season, posing the question, just how many adjustments does Louis van Gaal have to make in the Red Devils' striking department this summer.

This season was Rooney's eleventh at Old Trafford, and it has been a succession of seasons that has varied quite significantly when it comes to goal totals.

But his grand total this year of 14 goals from 37 games is his worst since arriving in 2004, with two seasons where he scored 16 times the previous lowest.

Of course, Rooney played several games in midfield this season, but it was notable that he and United hit a spell of form upon returning to his preferred role in late February/early March.

Now in the off season, Van Gaal must surely be looking to strengthen his midfield so that Rooney doesn't have to again fall back into midfield due to shortages.

The club's other two recognised strikers, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao failed to score more than 15 goals between them, despite being recognised as two of the world's top strikers heading into the start of the campaign.

Injuries played their part in the three players' struggles, but unless Javier Hernandez comes back into the squad after his loan spell at Real Madrid, Van Gaal may be looking to bring in as many as three forwards, with Falcao already gone and Van Persie no longer able to put together a run of games to display his ability.

And though Rooney had a decent season, goal tally aside, question marks remain as to whether he can reach the dizzy heights of previous years' goal totals, having failed to score 20 or more in each of the last three seasons.

So does Van Gaal need to take into account the dwindling goal threat of Rooney when he draws up his transfer shortlist this summer?

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