My Striking Force Will Be Built Around Wayne Rooney — Van Gaal

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he plans to use Wayne Rooney as a central striker next season. Rooney, 29, was used in midfield for much of last year.
 
"I have listened to you," Van Gaal told journalists. "You have more knowledge than I. Now Rooney is there." On the possibility of a surprise signing, the Dutchman added: "He is in the process. It is not a striker that the media has written but you have to wait and see."
 
Van Gaal was speaking before the second game of United's United States tour against MLS side San Jose Earthquakes (04:00 BST, Wednesday).
 
Rooney last operated as a main striker in the 2011-12 campaign, when he scored 34 goals, his equal-highest personal haul. "I hope to score 20 or more goals again," said Rooney.
 
"If I'm playing as a striker, then I will be disappointed if I can't do that again.
 
"I've played different roles over the years for United but you only have to look when I play for England as a striker I score goals."
 
Van Gaal said goalkeeper David De Gea and full-back Antonio Valencia were unlikely to be fit to face San Jose after having hospital checks on Monday morning on the minor injuries that kept them out of Friday's win over Club America.
 
However, De Gea is expected to be available to play against Barcelona on Saturday.
 

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