Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was delighted to see Wayne Rooney bounce back as he grabbed a hat-trick in Manchester United’s 4-0 win at Club Brugge on Wednesday night.
The England international has received plenty of criticism from the media and club’s fans after going 10 games without a goal for the Red Devils.
Rooney has been given a more attacking role this season but he was played in midfield on a number of occasions last year.
With Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao leaving the club, Rooney is now the main forward at Old Trafford and has claimed in recent weeks that he can lead the line.
Despite struggling early on, Rooney netted three times against the Belgian outfit to help United record a 7-1 aggregate victory in the Champions League play-off round tie.
Speaking after the game, Van Gaal admitted that he was impressed by Rooney’s mentality as he silenced his doubters in perfect fashion.
“I have given him always the confidence that a player needs,” the United manager said. “But I think Wayne has a very strong mentality and with his level, he always shall come back. He proved that this evening.
“Still it’s a long way for him and also for Manchester United, it’s not so easy, but of course I’m very happy for him.”
Rooney will once again lead United’s attack on Sunday in the Premier League clash with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
Van Gaal’s side are 2.15 to win, the draw is 3.25, while the Swans can be backed at 3.30.