Louis van Gaal says it is not just the captain’s armband keeping Wayne Rooney in the Manchester United team.
Only Sir Bobby Charlton has scored more goals for United than Rooney, but he goes into the Saturday Night Football trip to Leicester with just two in the Premier League this season.
The striker’s form remains a major line of questioning at Van Gaal’s pre-match press conferences, and it was no different on the eve of the Leicester game.
“At this moment, he doesn’t play in the striker’s position, Martial is playing there,” Van Gaal said. “But it is possible he shall play other matches there.
“It is dependent not always on the quality and shape of the player at the moment, but also the game plan. And we have to decide that every week.”