Apparently the fact that Wayne Rooney is too involved in games may have an impact on his goalscoring, according to manager Louis van Gaal.
Rooney has only scored twice in the premier league this season, and his form has dwindled as time goes on.
And the United manager drew a blank against Middlesbrough in the midweek League Cup clash after Rooney failed to convert from the spot.
“Players are human beings and they want to score goals but maybe they want it too much and maybe then the choices are not always good,” the Dutchman said.
“Maybe he [Rooney] is doing too much, because you never know as a player how you can improve your shape or your finishing. It can also [create] a lot of doubt and I try to influence that.
“But it can be too hard and then your mental state shall be a little bit less and that has an influence on everything and that’s the most difficult thing as a manager and player to cope with.
“When I was manager of Bayern Munich, the striker was [Mario] Gomez and he touched the ball nine times on an average in a game – the highest 14 touches – but he scored every game.
“I don’t think our strikers touch less the ball. It’s how the balls are coming to him, how he decides, how quick he is in dealing with the situation.”