Wayne Rooney needs to take Mario Gomez as example says Man Utd manager

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Besiktas' Mario Gomez reacts during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between KF Skenderbeu and Besiktas JK at the Elbansan Arena in Elbasan on September 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GENT SHKULLAKU (Photo credit should read GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)

Manchester United may be in the top four but the face that they have scored just 15 goals has resulted in criticism being directed at manager Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal does not however, believe that the team have problems creating chances and instead believes that his main forward Wayne Rooney and not been able to cope with the pressure lately.

“I was manager of Bayern, and there the striker was Mario Gomez, and he touched the ball nine times as an average in a game,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

“The highest was 14 balls but he scored every game and I don’t think that our strikers touch the ball less. It’s how the balls are coming to him, how he decides, how quick he is in dealing with the situation, it’s much more complicated than everyone is thinking.”

Van Gaal worked with Gomez during his time at Bayern Munich. The Germany international won the Bundesliga twice and the Champions League during his time with the German giants.

United currently have the lowest goal tally in the top four while Gomez’s Beşiktaş side have scored the most goals in the league (27).

Gomez joined Beşiktaş over the summer transfer period from Fiorentina and has hit the ground running in Turkey. The experienced striker has scored the highest number of goals in the league (7) and has nine goals to his name in all competitions.