Wayne Rooney claims that the best manager he’s worked with is Louis van Gaal instead of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.
Rooney has enjoyed a remarkable career in football, which has seen him play under some of the greatest coaches in the game in Ferguson, Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Fabio Capello.
The forward rose to stardom under the watchful eye of Ferguson and scored 197 goals in 402 matches under the Scot. He also chipped in 104 assists in the process to help United win five Premier League titles and the Champions League.
In their nine years together at Old Trafford, though, Rooney and Ferguson did have the occasional bust-up. This even led the 33-year-old to hand in a transfer request in October 2010 for United’s inability to attract top-talent and battle Manchester City.
But, for Rooney, Van Gaal was a great manager and taught him things that he never dreamed of learning.
“Van Gaal is by far the best coach I have worked with – one hundred per cent,” the now-DC United star told the Daily Mirror.
“His tactical skills, his way of preparing and his attention to the finest of details, I found amazing. I admired that in him. I had never looked at stuff like that before.”
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.
But the Red Devils fired Van Gaal shortly after their FA Cup triumph in favour of recruiting Mourinho. It came following the club’s failure to seal a Premier League top-four spot.
Rooney added: “Van Gaal knows that the way he works is tough for players. I made him aware of that at the time and we talked about this very well together.
“I regret how it all ended, yet I know one thing for sure – I have learnt a lot from him and I am definitely going to use those lessons for when I am a manager.”
Rooney scored a brilliant goal for DC last week from inside his own halfway line to earn them a 1-0 win over Orlando City in the MLS.