Cape Town -With more yellow cards than goals in 2015, Wayne Rooney looks set to continue in his unrewarding midfield role for Manchester United.
Wayne Rooney hasn't scored in 2015 and has picked up more yellow cards than goals in his last 13 games for Man United. He is on his longest run without a goal for United since 2006.
It comes as no surprise, given that the player who will likely finish his career as the top all-time scorer for United and England is being played in midfield as Van Gaal looks to accommodate all his squad's star attackers.
Rooney has played attacking midfield, right midfield, central midfield - and even as a holding midfielder - in the 3-1 league win over Burnley on Wednesday.
"Maybe he can better play in a striker's position," Van Gaal said, "but then I have a problem in midfield."
With Daley Blind joining Michael Carrick on the sidelines, Rooney could start at the base of a midfield diamond against Preston, which is a founding member of the football league and won the league-FA Cup double in its inaugural season, in 1888-89.