Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, has explained why Wayne Rooney is still the most important player in the team, despite his poor start to the season.
The Red Devils captain has endured a tough start in the Premier League this season, having found the back of the net on one occasion.
Rooney became England's all-time leading goalscorer recently, but has only scored four goals in his last 18 appearances for United, however Van Gaal insists the striker is a vital part of the side.
"He's our captain so that's very important because his influence is bigger than every other player in our group," Van Gaal told reporters.
"He's a very important player for me, his colleagues, everybody."
Van Gaal added that it's been a tough two weeks for the club, having gone into the international break on the back of a 3-0 loss to Arsenal.
“When you have more than two weeks it is awful when you have such a result,” the United manager added.
“It has been an awful two weeks because before the last international break we lost against Swansea.
“It’s not only the players, it’s the staff, and my cook, Mike [Donnelly], because he has a big influence on the atmosphere in the canteen.
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