‘Finally’: Manchester United fans react to Van Gaal dropping Wayne Rooney for Stoke [Tweets]

With his back firmly against the wall, Louis van Gaal has made the biggest call of his tenure at Old Trafford: benching captain Wayne Rooney for today’s game at Stoke.

Although, to judge by the reaction from United fans, it really wasn’t such a big decision after all; they’ve been calling for the skipper to be dropped all season, and the feeling is one of satisfied relief more than anything.

While the feeling around Rooney had notably changed since the start of the season due to his drop in form and poor physical condition, it really is startling to see how emphatic the reaction is: trawl through social media, and you’re unlikely to find a single United fan unhappy with the decision to drop Rooney today.

And now that the seam has been broken with this momentous move from Van Gaal, Rooney may have to accept his time as a guaranteed starter is up.