Van Gaal and Rooney in Manchester United disagreement

Date published: Saturday 6th February 2016 10:26

Louis van Gaal (r): Disagreed with Wayne Rooney

Louis van Gaal has rebuffed claims from Wayne Rooney that Manchester United are now playing with greater freedom.

United captain Rooney suggested after last week’s FA Cup victory at Derby that manager Van Gaal had released some of the shackles on the team.

These sentiments were echoed by midfielder Jesse Lingard after United produced one of their best displays of the season to beat Stoke 3-0 in the Premier League in midweek.

But Van Gaal claims it is more a case of Rooney and Lingard finding form and confidence.

I’m not agreeing with the remark of Wayne Rooney when he said that because it is only that they have more confidence,” said Van Gaal.

“And it is especially so with Wayne Rooney, who is saying that because he has scored seven goals (in seven games). He can say that he is playing with more freedom because he has more confidence.

“But you want to write in your paper that it’s because he gets another training session in another style, because Louis van Gaal gives more freedom – no, it is still the same.

“We train still the same way. It is not because of the change of attitude of Mr Louis van Gaal or another way of training. No. I’m sorry to say that. We are always working hard and very professionally in the philosophy of Louis van Gaal.

“And that is also for Jesse Lingard.”

Rooney Van Gaal

Juan Mata has also impressed in his preferred number 10 position in the last two games, leading some observers to ask why the Spaniard has not played in that role more often.

Van Gaal claims it is because the former Chelsea man was not in good enough form last time he tried him there.

He said: “I have already played Mata in the same role. Maybe you remember that. I’m not changing him from that role, he has changed himself because at that time he wasn’t good enough. That is the reason.

“It is not the trainer-coach or the manager, but when he is playing like he has played now he shall play at number 10.”

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