Louis van Gaal reveals Man Utd tactical talks with Wayne Rooney

Louis van Gaal has been discussing tactics with Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Louis van Gaal has revealed that he often discusses his Manchester United tactics with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick.

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.

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Shanghai Masters 2017: Rampant Roger Federer downs Rafael Nadal for 94th career title
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Michael Owen reacts to Liverpool’s 7-0 win at Maribor
The Sport Review
Length of Chelsea star Victor Moses’ injury lay-off confirmed – report
The Sport Review
Juan Mata states his prediction for Benfica v Man United