Rooney: I learned more under van Gaal than under any other manager

Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United made a huge mistake by relieving Louis van Gaal of his duties after just two seasons at the club. The Dutchman was axed less than 24 hours after leading the club to a 12th FA Cup after beating Crystal Palace at Wembley in May 2016, with Jose Mourinho named as his replacement. And speaking in a new book released in the Netherlands about the 68-year-old called LvG - De trainer en de totale mens (LvG – The Manager and the Total Person), the former United forward claimed the move was a massive blunder and that he learnt the most from him than from any other manager. 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.