The Dutchman was dismissed after delivering the English FA Cup in 2016 with one year left on his contract. The former England captain has opened the lid and felt his old team might have made a mistake sacking Louis Van Gaal.
Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United should have sacked Louis Van Gaal.
Louis Van Gaal tenure started at the Red Devils in 2014 replacing David Moyes but didn’t get going as expected by United faithful, despite winning the FA Cup in 2015/2016 season, he was axed. Rooney, however, believes Van Gaal should have been given more time saying he was shocked hearing the foremer Bayern Munich manager sacked.
“I was devastated when Louis was sacked,” Rooney said in the book ‘LVG – The Manager and the Total Person’.
“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.
“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.
“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.”