Louis van Gaal believes he has identified two future managers in his Manchester United squad and expects them to progress into coaching once they hang up their boots.
Van Gaal says both Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick – who were both named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the upcoming internationals with Lithuania and Italy – are both open to learning about coaching.
And despite Van Gaal’s reputation as a hard task master he says he is extremely flexible to his approach and will change if one of his players puts up a good argument.
'Wayne Rooney is very open to learn. It's amazing,' he told The Telegraph.
'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.
'Michael 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.
'I am the most flexible manager you can imagine. When the players are coming with good arguments, I change my opinion.'