Louis van Gaal: Wayne Rooney needed to score against Everton, says Manchester United boss

first_imgManchester United cruised to a 3-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park, with Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney scoring the goals. Louis van Gaal felt Rooney had answered his critics with his second league goal of the season and backed the forward to carry on finding the net for the rest of the campaign.“You are always doubting him,” the United manager said in his post-match press conference.“He scored now. I am very happy for him. For me it is not important if he scores or not scores.“He has to be an attacking point and do his job in the defensive organisation.“I am also happy when Herrera is scoring and (Anthony) Martial is scoring. Maybe it is the start for many goals because he needs this goal, I think.”When pushed to pick out one player for praise, Van Gaal singled out Herrera, who scored the second and had a hand in the other two goals.The Dutchman said: “I have seen a lot of individual players today who are playing very good but that is also because the result is very good.“When I have to mention one name, I have to mention Ander Herrera. He played very well and had a great contribution with the goals.”Van Gaal also discussed the importance of the win following their dismal 3-0 defeat to Arsenal before the international break.“It is more than a response. That is an understatement but I cannot find another word,” he said.“It was very difficult to prepare this match because we have lost against Arsenal in a horrible way.“I have a lot of meetings, individual and team meetings, 10 or 15 between Wednesday and this match and then you have to decide who is playing because of the opponent and the state of your players.” 1last_img