Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal has praised out-of-form striker, Wayne Rooney for being honest enough to admit his performances have been below par so far this season. After United’s 3-1 UEFA Champions League play-off win over Club Brugge, Rooney stated clearly that his season has not started in the best possible manner.
Speaking about the club’s skipper, Louis Van Gaal praised the 29-year-old for the honest self assessment. According to the United manager, that is the first step to a series of reinvigorated performances.
“It always starts with the player himself, when you are saying publicly that you are so bad, you know that you are very bad at that time, but I think that’s fantastic that a player admits that”
“But also for me, it’s unbelievable because he’s one of few players who are saying such things.
“After a few weeks it can bring pressure from the media, he took a risk, but he is very confident that he shall make the goals that we expect from him, and I have that confidence also.
“My standards he knows already, he knows what I want from a striker, how he has to perform, he thinks he can do it and I do also, otherwise I wouldn’t put him in that position. Last season he played in all the positions, but I think his best position now is the striker position, and the second position is the number 10.
“He has to admit he was bad so he can improve, if you do not admit you cannot improve,” Van Gaal said while speaking ahead of his side’s premier league match against Newcastle United which is slated for Saturday, August 22, 2015.