Wayne Rooney admits Louis van Gaal was tactically better than Sir Alex Ferguson (Picture: Getty)Wayne Rooney believes Louis van Gaal was a superior manager to legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson from a tactical perspective.
United’s all-time record goalscorer played under Ferguson for the majority of his Old Trafford career before working with David Moyes, Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho ahead of his move to Everton in 2017.
The Red Devils are still without a Premier League title following Ferguson’s departure in 2013 with Mourinho their most successful manager in recent years after leading the club to the EFL Cup and the Europa League trophy in the 2016/17 campaign.
However, Rooney has claimed Van Gaal – who only won the FA Cup during his two-spell as manager – was the best tactical manager he worked under.
The Dutchman was widely criticised for bringing negative football to Old Trafford during his tenure and has been out of a job since he was sacked just two days after lifting the FA Cup.
‘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 won the FA Cup under Van Gaal (Picture: Getty)Rooney has been impressed with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign as interim manager and feels the Norwegian is now the ‘only candidate’ for the permanent job.
‘He has gone in with simplicity and has brought belief back to the fans,’ the DC United forward said.
‘He has made the place enjoyable again to go into work every day. The staff around Carrington are enjoying working there again and that does rub off.
‘When you see the staff happy around the players, it makes it a happy environment to work in.
‘He is doing a fantastic job and I’m sure he is the only candidate for Manchester United to take that job.
‘It will be great to see him get it and bring some of the players he wants to bring in and keep moving the club forward.’
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