- Unsuitable formation :
Louis Van Gaal has brought in his philosophy and experience at Manchester United upon his appointment and it seems playing with a solo striker is what he likes to do. United have normally played with the 4-2-3-1 formation this season also at times adapting the 4-3-3 formation. Either way it means playing with a lone striker and certainly Rooney has passed that phase where he can dynamically play as a happening solo striker. Rooney has struggled with his first touches and holding the ball and is clearly struggling without support.