Wayne Rooney has revealed who he considers to be the best coach he worked under, and it’s not who you’d think.
The former Manchester United striker spent almost a decade of his playing career playing under Sir Alex Ferguson, but he snubbed him in favour of surprising choice Louis van Gaal.
Rooney won the Champions League and five league titles playing under Ferguson, but has revealed he considers the Dutchman a superior coach.
“Van Gaal is by far the best coach I have worked with – one hundred per cent,” said Rooney.
“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.”
The statement is reminiscent of Roy Keane, who won even more silverware at United than Rooney, naming Brian Clough as the best manager he worked under as a player.
Rooney won his first and only FA Cup under Van Gaal in 2016, the club’s first major piece of silverware after Ferguson had retired. In the league, they finished fourth and fifth in consecutive years.
“Van Gaal knows that the way he works is tough for players,” he added.
“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, 33, appears to be thinking about his prospects after he retires as a player. He recently made the headlines for a remarkable long-range effort for DC United, but appears to be winding his career down as a player.
He gave the quotes in a wide-ranging interview with Dutch outlet De Telegraaf.