Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal insists he would have no problem resting Wayne Rooney if needed.
Responding to the suggestion by former England captain Alan Shearer that Rooney needs a break only 11 Premier League games into the season, Van Gaal said he would consider it.
“Yes,” he said. “But not only for Wayne. I have done that for all my players. I have done that, for example, with Paddy McNair, who was a week in Ireland last week.
“When we think it is better, I do that. It is not a big issue for me because even when I was a very young trainer-coach I did it with Jari Litmanen; he had problems in the months of November and December, so I did it. I sent him on holidays. That is not a big issue for me but it is more a big issue for the players. They are not so easy to convince.
“He is our captain but also an example for the whole team,’ he said. ‘He has more credits than any other player. I have explained that to the group already one-and-a-half years ago. I have still confidence in Wayne Rooney.”