I just don't get it. "Rooney's more useful for the team in midfield"? Really?
Because last time I checked, he loses the ball in dangerous areas at least 2 or 3 times a match. He often misplaces passes because he always needs to play the 50-yard-hollywood ball, instead of a simple one which helps the team move the ball quickly and opens up space. But of course, he's captain, and his stupid mistakes are always forgiven, whereas Mata's or Herrera's ONE bad or risky pass turn into an enormous problem.
It's bullshit what Van Gaal is saying... The simple truth is, United has become Rooney and 10 others, as I've already read somewhere on here. It's the worst thing that can happen for a team, especially one in a transitional phase. And until Rooney is no longer untouchable, we won't see consistently good performances from our midfield.