The Dutchman appointed Rooney has his captain at Old Trafford following his arrival at United as David Moyes’ permanent successor last summer.
Van Gaal revealed how he often speaks to Rooney and Carrick, who has made no secret of his desire to step into coaching when he hangs up his playing boots, about United’s formation and systems.
And the Dutchman says that both players have shown impressive footballing intelligence this season.
Speaking in an interview with The Telegraph, United boss Van Gaal said: “He [Rooney] is very open to learn. It’s amazing. I don’t know if he speaks with his wife Coleen about football, I don’t think so. But we have the process of talking here. Most of my players of my selection are open and that’s very nice.
“Carrick is more or less a trainer-coach. He is also willing to talk about shapes and systems. That’s nice. Rooney also.
“Not every player is very open and then you have to convince him, and then you get a struggle. It works or it doesn’t work. Give them time. Also give me time to do it.”
Van Gaal’s United side travel to Anfield to take on rivals Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils are currently fourth in the Premier League table with nine games left to play, but are only two points behind second-placed Manchester City and one behind third-placed Arsenal.
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