Publish Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:44
Wayne Rooney claims that the Man Utd hierarchy decision to fire Louis van Gaal in 2016 "devastated" him.
The Dutchman was dismissed shortly after leading Man Utd to the FA Cup glory with the Red Devils relocating to sign José Mourinho.
He was finishing out of the top four in the Premier League, which prompted Man Utd to act, but Rooney thinks the club made a mistake by not keeping Van Gaal any longer.
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"I was devastated when Louis was fired," said Rooney in an extract from a new book, LVG – The Manager and the Total Person (via Daily mirror)
“For me, it was an absolute joy to work with him. We should have kept it for the third season. We would have been much stronger.
“I felt that things were looking up and the players started to understand his vision. In those two years, I learned more than any other manager.
“That is why I will be forever grateful to him. Not only for making me captain, but also for all the trust and belief he had in me.
"Anyway, we didn't have the best team in the league, but we couldn't afford to have 12 injured players. Our best XI was good enough to play in the top four, but when we suffered injuries, we had problems because we didn't have the same quality in the cast as in previous years.
“At the time, it was good for me because I decided that I wanted to become a manager. And working with Louis in that way was priceless in my opinion, because I could learn a lot from him. I could not have wished for a better example.
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