Man United manager Louis van Gaal explains decision to drop Juan Mata

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal isn't satisfied with Juan Mata's performances in midfield

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Louis van Gaal has explained his decision to drop Juan Mata for Manchester United’s clash against Leicester City on Sunday.

The 25-year-old was omitted from the United starting line-up despite scoring his second goal of the season in a 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers last weekend.

And Van Gaal, who has deployed Rooney in a role behind Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie, revealed that he was not satisfied with Mata or Rooney’s performance against QPR.

“I think that we have played well but we can improve,” Van Gaal said.

“I was not satisfied with the performances of Rooney as a striker and Mata as a midfielder.

“That is why I am changing it.”

Van Gaal shed light on his decision to play Rooney in an advanced midfield role, backing summer signing Falcao to shine up front.

“Rooney can play in more positions, he is multi-functional player,” Van Gaal continued.

“I have tried to play him in a striker position and he did well, but not spectacularly. Falcao is a striker and I suspect he can do it better.”

The United manager, who signed a three-year deal at Old Trafford in May, revealed that Rooney feels his best position is behind the Red Devils strikers.

“He thinks so. So we will have to wait and see because I have played him always in a striker position because Falcao was not here.”

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