Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, center, stands near captain Wayne Rooney, center left, after a team huddle during training Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Rooney was handed the captain's armband by van Gaal last August during his first season in charge at Old Trafford, and the England striker's performance in the role has made a lasting impression on the Dutchman.Rooney spent a frustrating season at United last year being deployed in various positions, from midfield, out wide or as a withdrawn striker.Now, however, van Gaal plans to give Rooney an opportunity to nail down his favored starting position as an out-and-out center-forward. Rooney has set himself a target of scoring more than 20 goals for United this season after finding the net just 14 times last year in all competitions, his lowest return since joining United from Everton in 2004 .
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