‘I was devastated when Louis was sacked. For me, it was an absolute joy to work with him. We should have kept him for a third season. We would have been so much stronger-Wayne Rooney breaks silence over Louis Van Gaal sacking in 2016
Wayne Rooney wasn’t happy with the decision Manchester United took to sack Louis Van Gaal after just two seasons as a manager.
Leading Manchester United to a 12th FA Cup after beating Crystal Palace at Wembley in May 2016 couldn’t secure him a job for the next season.
The Dutch man was sacked after 24 hours and replaced with the now Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho.
In anew book released in Netherlands about Louis Van Gaal( LvG – De trainer en de totale mens (LvG – The Manager and the Total Person), Rooney said he learn a lot from the manager than ay other and that the ducth man needed much ore time to develop the club.
‘I was devastated when Louis was sacked. For me, it was an absolute joy to work with him. We should have kept him for a third season. We would have been so much stronger, Rooney quoted by The Daily Mirror
‘I felt things were improving and players started to understand his vision. In those two years I learned more than under any other manager.
‘This is why I will be forever grateful to him. Not just for making me captain, but also for all the trust and belief he had in me.
‘We didn’t have the best team in the league anyway, but we could not afford to have 12 players injured,’ Rooney continued.
‘Our best XI was good enough to play in the top four, but once we got injuries we got in trouble because we did not have the same quality in the squad as in the years before.
‘At the time it was good for me because I had decided that I wanted to become a manager.
‘And working with Louis in that way was priceless in my opinion, because I could learn so much from him. I could not have wished for a better example.’