Rooney endured a fiery relationship with his old boss Sir Alex during his trophy-laden time under the Scot’s tutelage at Old Trafford, where he went on to become the all-time top-scorer in Red Devils’ history.
But when Ferguson retired from management in the summer of 2013, it became public knowledge that he and Rooney weren’t seeing eye-to-eye, with the legendary manager publicly claiming that the then England captain had asked for a transfer.
It was thought the pair had patched things up, but when asked about the best manager he ever worked with in an interview in the Mirror, Rooney simply replied: “Van Gaal is by far the best coach I have worked with – one hundred per cent.
“His tactical skills, his way of preparing and his attention to the finest of details, I found amazing. I admired that in him. I had never looked at stuff like that before.
“Van Gaal knows that the way he works is tough for players. I made him aware of that at the time and we talked about this very well together.
“I regret how it all ended, yet I know one thing for sure – I have learnt a lot from him and I am definitely going to use those lessons for when I am a manager.”
To put it into context, Rooney and van Gaal won just one trophy, the 2016 FA Cup, during the Dutchman’s time in charge of United, compared to five Premier Leagues and one Champions League under Fergie.
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