Former Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney, believes Louis Van Gaal was “tactically” better than Sir Alex Ferguson and other coaches he played under at the club, in terms of setting up some aspects of football.
Ferguson won the Champions League twice, the Premier League 13 times and five FA Cups with United before retiring in 2013 after 26 years in charge.
But the Dutch manager only won the FA Cup in the final season of his two year-spell.
The Washington DC United forward, who scored 253 goals at Old Trafford to become the club’s all-time highest goal scorer, has made a shocking revelation, saying the former Ajax boss was better than the legendary Ferguson.
“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.”
United have struggled since Ferguson’s departure, with David Moyes and Jose Mourinho, having also tried their luck at the club. The team is currently under the care of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is in charge in interim capacity having replaced Mourinho last December.
He added: “I think Moyes was a bit of a surprise choice but his record at Everton over ten years was great.
“He got them into the Champions League, finished in the top half almost every year and did a fantastic job.
“I think what Manchester United were trying to do at the time was bring someone in who had longevity in them as a manager.”