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Van Gaal: Rooney must prove himself

2016-04-20 14:16
Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal says captain Wayne Rooney will need to show that he deserves a place in the starting line-up, following his return from injury.

The England International recently returned to training after recovering from a knee injury, which kept him out of Van Gaal's squad for two-and-a-half months.

Since then, the 30-year-old forward has made his way back to full recovery and will be looking to reclaim his place in the starting XI ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Everton at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, after making his second start of the year in their 1-0 Premier League victory over strugglers Aston Vila last weekend.

He played 60 minutes of the encounter before he was replaced by Jesse Lingard in the second-half.

"It's dependable how he plays, like every player," Van Gaal said.

"You are presuming that he plays on Saturday. He played very well in the first half [against Aston Villa]. In the second half he was tiring but he has already got 60 minutes in his legs.

"He has trained on Tuesday and he has recovered so we have to see how he is feeling in the second half against Crystal Palace and still he has to play good."

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