Louis van Gaal: Only Wayne Rooney guaranteed spot in Man United side

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hints captain Wayne Rooney is the only player guaranteed starting spot

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Louis van Gaal has suggested that captain Wayne Rooney is the only Manchester United player guaranteed a first-team place.

The Red Devils manager is facing a selection dilemma after signing striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco and landing £59.7m man Angel di Maria.

Only the captain has more privileges, but no other player has privileges, I think

Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal needs to accommodate his big-name signings into a starting line-up containing Juan Mata and Robin van Persie, too.

However, the Dutch coach revealed that only club captain Rooney and United goalkeeper David De Gea are assured of a starting spot.

“There are always players you put in a team,” Van Gaal said.

“My captain shall always play and normally the goalkeeper, so it’s not a surprise. Maybe it’s a surprise Blackett has played all the games, but he has played well and Mata is a very good player.

“I don’t think any player is fixed. Only the captain has more privileges, but no other player has privileges, I think. Every player knows that because you can see that by how I manage my teams.”

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