Manchester United's Louis van Gaal: 'Wayne Rooney is not a spectacular striker'

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on September 14, 2014
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Louis van Gaal says that Wayne Rooney is "not spectacular" as a striker, suggesting that Radamel Falcao should take his place up front for Manchester United.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that he is not convinced by Wayne Rooney's role as a striker.

The Dutchman has hinted that summer arrival Radamel Falcao is likely to be picked ahead of Rooney in that role, despite the England international having scored two goals so far this season.

"Rooney can play in more positions, he's a multi-functional player and I have tried him in a striker's position," FourFourTwo quotes Van Gaal as saying.

"He has played well, but not spectacular. Falcao is a striker and I think he can do it better."

Rooney was handed the captain's armband by Van Gaal in the summer following Nemanja Vidic's departure.

Manchester City's English midfielder Frank Lampard acknowledges the crowd after scoring his goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on September 21, 2014
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