Man United’s Wayne Rooney: What Louis van Gaal expects from me
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney discusses his reponsibilities as the Red Devils captain under Louis van Gaal
Wayne Rooney has praised Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal for his honesty with the Red Devils squad.
The 64-year-old manager is braced for his second season in charge of the 20-time English champions after he guided United to a fourth-place finish last term.
If you train well, he’ll tell you. If you train badly, he’ll tell you
Van Gaal made Rooney his permanent captain following Nemanja Vidic’s exit last summer, and the England striker scored 12 goals in 33 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils.
Speaking to ESPN about his role as United captain, Rooney vowed to continue to lead by example in the upcoming campaign.
“To show a good example to the players, which I always try and do, and to be a leader. The manager can’t go on the pitch so I need to be someone who is passing on the messages that he has,” Rooney told ESPN.
“I have always said that I wear the armband but there’s different captains in the team in different ways. You have got Michael Carrick who is more of a calming influence with the players and Ashley Young who gets on really well with everyone. [Van Gaal is] very honest every day at training.
“If you train well, he’ll tell you. If you train badly, he’ll tell you. We have to stick to his tactics and how he wants us to play but, as a player, you want your manager to be honest with you and I think every player in the squad knows where he stands.”
Rooney scored 14 times in 37 games in all competitions in Van Gaal’s first season in charge at Old Trafford.
The England skipper is just 19 goals behind United’s all-time record goal-scorer Sir Bobby Charlton on 230 strikes for the 13-time Premier League champions.
United open their Premier League campaign with a game against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday.