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Wayne Rooney: Goalless Again in Draw
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he does not need to strengthen his forward line after his side’s goalless draw with Newcastle.
“It (header against bar) was unlucky, a good cross from Chancel (Mbemba) and I should score but I hope next game I score my first goal for Newcastle“.
Tim Krul was in inspirational form and denied Javier Hernandez late on while Chris Smalling hit the post in the dying seconds, reason enough why Van Gaal is refusing to press the panic button.
“But now I can choose better because I know my players, and that’s why I have chosen Chicharito, because he is another type from Rooney, and we have also Fellaini, who is another type”.
Manchester United were thwarted by a returning Steve McClaren and his Magpies side were resilient throughout and fully merited a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.
If Van Gaal does decide to buy another striker before the transfer window closes, who are his options?
This week United’s pursuit of Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez ended with him joining Chelsea instead. We play as a team and that is important, I think we deserved this point.
“Wayne scored. Only it was not allowed”, Van Gaal said according to BBC, when was asked for his thoughts on Rooney’s disallowed goal. “When you see the TV it’s very doubtful so you need eyes then because it is like this, it is doubtful and the rules are when it is doubtful, that you not flag”. Van Gaal’s side struggled past year when teams formed two banks of four and those problems persisted yet again today.
“The performance was one of the best in my period but we don’t reward ourselves and there was only one club that wanted to win and that was us”, he said.
However, in recent days United have been linked with the Brazilian Neymar whose global agent, Pini Zahavi, was spotted in the Old Trafford director’s box during Saturday’s match.
He said: “I don’t enter in this discussions”.
“I like these kind of games, only the result was bad”. Wayne Rooney, to put it bluntly, looks way past his best.