Rooney Picks Best-Ever Coach & It's Not Alex Ferguson!
Former England captain Wayne Rooney (image courtesy Getty)

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has picked Louis van Gaal as the best coach he has played under.

Concise News reports that the former England star, who was managed by Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho for a combined 11 years, praised Van Gaal’s attention to detail.

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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).