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Wayne Rooney Explains One Area Louis Van Gaal Was A 'Better' Coach Than Sir Alex Ferguson

Wayne Rooney Explains One Area Louis Van Gaal Was A 'Better' Coach Than Sir Alex Ferguson

Wayne Rooney got to work with modern greats Sir Alex Ferguson, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, as well as David Moyes, and he claims that there's one department Van Gaal is better than all of them.

During his time at Manchester United Wayne Rooney got to witness the brilliance of Sir Alex Ferguson, helping win the last five titles of the Scotsman's illustrious career, before also working with the next run of managers who tried and failed to fill the void of Fergie.

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Most people accept that Fergie was the only man who could have taken what was quite an average side to his last title in the summer of 2013 and then he retired.

David Moyes replaced the legendary United manager but didn't even last a year, Louis van Gaal had mixed fortunes and lasted two seasons and finally Jose Mourinho improved on his two predecessors before third season struck.

By the time Mourinho had his downturn Rooney was long gone, having returned to Everton before moving to DC United in the MLS.

The club's top scorer of all time worked with all four men and, speaking to talkSPORT, he revealed that he thinks Van Gaal was the best manager tactically, saying:

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"It didn't work for David Moyes and they [Manchester United] then went for the experience of Louis van Gaal.

"He was tactically the best I have worked with - in terms of setting you up in a shape defensively and everyone knowing their roles.

"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."

Van Gaal's time at Old Trafford was mixed at best. Image: PA Images
Van Gaal's time at Old Trafford was mixed at best. Image: PA Images

Under Van Gaal the 12 time Premier League winners finished in the top four in his first season and the football wasn't considered particularly bad however the second season was poor.

Despite winning the FA Cup the Dutchman's team were awful to watch in the second season and scored just 49 goals in 38 games in the league.

Moyes' last game in charge at United was somewhat ironically at Everton. Image: PA Images
Moyes' last game in charge at United was somewhat ironically at Everton. Image: PA Images

Discussing the appointment of Moyes, after Fergie's retirement, the former England captain said, "I think Moyes was a bit of a surprise choice but his record at Everton over ten years was great," the former England captain said.

"He got them into the Champions League, finished top half almost every year and did a fantastic job.

"I think what Manchester United were trying to to do at the time was bring someone in who had longevity in them as a manager."

Does Rooney's past with Ferguson have any bearing on his opinion?

Topics: Football News, Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, English Football, MLS, Premier League, DC United, Wayne Rooney

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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