Van Gaal: Rooney Must Work For His Spot

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has stated captain Wayne Rooney will have to prove himself against Crystal Palace should he want a spot in the semifinal against Everton.

Rooney will be making his second start since returning from a knee injury against Crystal Palace later today.

The timing appears ideal for Van Gaal, with United heading to Wembley to take on the Toffees, but the Dutchman has told Rooney he will need to prove he deserves his place when his side take on Palace at Old Trafford.

“It’s dependable how he plays, like every player,” Van Gaal said.

“You are presuming that he plays on Saturday. He played very well in the first half against Aston Villa. In the second half he was tiring but he has already got 60 minutes in his legs.

“He trained on Tuesday and he has recovered so we have to see how he is feeling in the second half against Crystal Palace and still he has to play well.”

Rooney has scored seven league goals this season, trailing only Anthony Martial (eight) for United, while he also has four assists.



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