Van Gaal: I can make every Manchester United player better…
Delighted Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has promised he will make every single member of his squad better, after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Hull City consolidated them in the Champions League places.
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Reports on Goal.com carried quotes from the United manager, who even backed captain Wayne Rooney to become a better player under his leadership, adding that the 29-year-old has benefited from being handed the captaincy for both club and country.
“Before I came here, of course, I had heard of his reputation,” Van Gaal said of Rooney. “But, from the first day, he was not the Wayne Rooney that people had talked about.
“He was, in my eyes, a great example in training and, of course, he has achieved a certain level. I think he shall always play with me — although, when he is in a bad moment, maybe I can be convinced to change him.
“But he is my captain now. He is the men who sets the example for the other players. So I’m very pleased. I have the impression that he lives for football and that he likes being the captain of Manchester United.
“Of course, being captain of England helps him to be a better captain of United. He has more experience. But I have to remind everyone that I put him first as captain. Roy Hodgson followed my advice. I can make every player better. I’m sorry. That’s arrogant, but I can.”
Rooney scored the second of three United goals against Hull, a performance that thrilled Van Gaal, who said: “It was the best match of our season. What pleased me most was the way we dominated the game from the first minute to the last minute.”
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