Rooney on the best coach he’s worked with:
🗣️ “Van Gaal is by far the best coach I’ve worked with – one hundred percent. His tactical skills, preparing and attention to details, I found amazing” pic.twitter.com/uiiynOChAn
— 32Red (@32Red) July 1, 2019
The Dutchman won an FA Cup in his two seasons at Old Trafford before being replaced by Mourinho in 2016.
Rooney told The Mirror: “Van Gaal is by far the best coach I have worked with – 100 per cent.
“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.
“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.”
In related news, Rooney revealed it was a dream come true to play with Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
The strikers spent two years together in Manchester and struck up a prolific partnership for the Red Devils.
“Ruud van Nistelrooy was great. I loved him. He was one of my biggest heroes when I was young,” Rooney told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
“It was like a dream come true when I was on the same pitch as him.
“It was an honour to watch him from close and to learn from him. He was such a brilliant finisher.
“I never really got close with Ruud off the pitch, but that was mainly because of the age gap. I was just a kid and Ruud was in his late twenties. And he was so experienced.”
Rooney’s DC United are currently battling with leaders Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference (MLS).