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Rooney reveals how Van Gaal was better than even Ferguson

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Wayne Rooney made a shocking revelation while comparing his two former Manchester United managers Louis Van Gaal and Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 33-year-old striker was signed up by Ferguson in the summer of 2004 from Everton and enjoyed great success under the Scot by winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League.

Rooney didn’t do badly on the goal front either upon finding the net 197 times and providing 104 assists in his 402 games with Ferguson.

Following the 77-year-old’s retirement in 2013, United resorted to four different managers in David Moyes, Ryan Giggs (caretaker), Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho before Rooney eventually left himself in 2017.

Mourinho was then shown the door at Old Trafford last December, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arriving on an interim basis for the remainder of this season to become the fifth different manager in the post-Ferguson era.

But, for Rooney, Van Gaal was a great coach and thinks he even handled the tactical aspect of management even better than Ferguson himself.

“He (Van Gaal) was tactically the best I have worked with – in terms of setting you up in a shape defensively and everyone knowing their roles,” Rooney told talkSPORT.

“It was just about getting the attacking side right as well as the defensive side.

“He won a few trophies but it didn’t pan out the way everyone would have hoped.”

Rooney managed 29 goals and 13 assists in 78 appearances during Van Gaal’s two-year spell in charge of United, which saw the Dutchman win the FA Cup in 2016.

Van Gaal announced his retirement from football earlier this month on Dutch television.

As regards to his former Everton coach Moyes, Rooney admitted even he was a little surprised by the Scot’s appointment at United and gave his views on why his reign in charge lasted only 10 months in the end.

“I think Moyes was a bit of a surprise choice but his record at Everton over ten years was great,” said Rooney.

“He got them into the Champions League, finished in the top half almost every year and did a fantastic job.

“I think what Manchester United were trying to do at the time was bring someone in who had longevity in them as a manager.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: David Moyes the manager of Manchester United talks with Wayne Rooney during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford on October 26, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)