Louis van Gaal reckons he can make his captain a “better” player.
Wayne Rooney scored the second goal against the Tigers as the Reds beat Steve Bruce's side 3-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday maintaining their position in the top four.
The Dutchman has definitely been delighted with the form of his Captain and reveals he has been pleased by Rooney's behaviour since he was appointed United manager in the summer and is hoping the England and Manchester United Captain can get even better as the season goes on.
“Before I came here, of course, I had heard of his reputation,” Van Gaal said according to The Sports Review. “But, from the first day, he was not the Wayne Rooney that people had talked about.
The United boss also added that Rooney has been a leader in the team. “He was, in my eyes, a great example in training and, of course, he has achieved a certain level. I think he shall always play with me — although, when he is in a bad moment, maybe I can be convinced to change him.
“But he is my captain now. He is the man who sets the example for the other players. So I’m very pleased. I have the impression that he lives for football and that he likes being the captain of Manchester United, Van Gaal continued.
“Of course, being captain of England helps him to be a better captain of United.
“He has more experience. But I have to remind everyone that I put him first as captain. Roy Hodgson followed my advice.
“I can make every player better. I’m sorry – that’s arrogant, but I can.”
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