Wayne Rooney believes replacing Louis van Gaal was a bad call
The Dutchman was dismissed after two seasons at the helm in spite of leading the club to FA Cup glory. Although his successor led the club to two trophies in his first season, events unravelled soon after.
Rooney, who served as a captain under the Dutchman, believes his former manager deserved to be treated better.
“I was devastated when Louis was sacked.”
The Englishman believes the club would have been in a much better state today had Van Gaal been allowed to continue for a third season. Rooney felt that the club was moving in the right direction under the Dutchman.
“We should have kept him for a third season. We would have been so much stronger.”
The striker is thankful to Van Gaal, who he claims taught him more than any other manager. Bold words considering he played under Sir Alex Ferguson.
United’s best XI was good enough to make the top four. By changing managers, we hit the reset button once again. This eventually led to the toxic environment at the club under Mourinho.
Clubs such as Liverpool were still in a stage of rebuild at that point of time. It’s is an indictment of our lack of a plan that we now find ourselves years behind them in our project.
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The FA Cup victory was United’s first trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Although we failed to finish the season in the top four, the victory could have acted as a stepping stone for future successes.
Instead, here we are, three years on, still miles away from our top competitors.