Wayne Rooney has a poor scoring record at Goodison park for the past eight years, and Louis Van Gaal has told the Skipper to step up his game.
The Dutchman has urged the Manchester United captain to stick out a finger and bring his goal drought against Everton to an end.
The Manchester United and England captain has not been able to find the back of the net at Goodison park since 2007 and has only one premier League goal to his name this season, which was against Tottenham on the opening day and one premier league assist since the start of the season.
Rooney’s average is poor against Everton and Louis Van Gaal thinks its time he changed his game plan and improve his goal scoring record against them.
The 29 year old English Captain is set to start for United on saturday as he has recovered from an ankle injury and his manager Louis Van Gaal expects him to be on his best performance.
“I don’t know [why his record is poor]. That you have to ask Wayne but I’m a manager who analyses opponents and gives him advice as to how we can disorganize Everton’s defence and then maybe he can score.”
“That is what I’m doing, not only for Wayne but all the players, especially from the view of the team tactics rather than the individual tactics.”
“You cannot answer that because he’s part of the team,” he said. “He’s scored for us in the Champions League. So for me it is not so important who is scoring. We have scored a lot of goals.”
“In the beginning your criticism was we don’t score goals but now we’ve scored a lot of goals and you’re picking up on an individual player and I don’t like that.”
“He’s our captain so that’s very important because his influence is bigger than every other player in our group. He’s a very important player for me, his colleagues, everybody.”
“Have we created enough chances? Yes, I think so. I think we have chances to score in every game. Also against Arsenal, after the first 20 minutes we have created a lot of chances. And also after [going behind] 3-0. So I think the spirit in the team is very good.”
“It’s not a given in every team that you can create a lot of chances at 3-0 down and we did it, so that’s the positive thing. But of course it’s very important that out of your chances you score and against Arsenal we didn’t.”
Manchester United are currently sitting third place in the premier league table and are just two points behind the league leaders and City rivals Manchester City.
Coming back from international week and on the back of a shameful defeat from their arch rival Arsenal last time out, Manchester United fans all around the world will be hoping they go to Goodison park and grab maximum points.
They won’t mind who scored the goals, “a win is a win”; with the likes of Anthony Martial upfront and Juan Mata in fine form supporting from the middle, Manchester United must be going into the game in full confidence.